Top Ten Best Horse Breeds

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1
Arabian
I've worked with Arabs for several years. This breed is very versatile and can do any discipline you want to. Maybe not the best but they will compete in every event you try. The breed is VERY intelligent and usuall they can outsmart their owners/riders. The breed has an average height range 14-16 hand high. All the Arabians I've ever met we very gentle and really fun to ride.

Arabians are also very pretty. They have dished faces and less veritbrae making their tail seem high set. People say they are crazy and hard too ride. Well It's the people that make them that way. Whether they are heavy handed, or use too much aids Arabians are just as gentle as any old Quarter Horse. The horses just seem so excited constantly, because they are bred to be high spirited for flashinss
They are gorgeous, elegant, graceful horses. If you were to race a thoroughbred, quarter horse, and arabian, for the first part a the quarter horse would be in the lead. After that the thoroughbred would be in front. After that the arabian would be in the lead. I think that is what makes the arabian great.
Arabians are agile and beautiful I have rode an Arabian before and they are so graceful. Arabians can also do both riding styles which can be helpful. Arabians are very easy to work with and are good listeners I have always dreamed of owning a Arabian.
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2Thoroughbred
Fast, powerful, strong & brains who could ask for anything more, I mean what more proof do we need than all the famous race horses or maybe even the ex-racehorses that didn't make and turned out to make GREAT companions to their owners! And the eventing horse, the elite athlete.
Thoroughbreds are marvelous breeds. Everyone thinks they are hot headed and pushy, but they are so sweet and loving, I have a 10 year old mare off the track, she's had four foals and I am now retraining her to be a hunter and jumper horse, I can take her on the trail and she does great, I am only 12 and she takes great care of me as I do with her. Thoroughbreds are one of the sweetest breeds out there and I'd definitely say they're number one.
They are good for just about any discipline. Strong and muscular, and a crowd pleaser.
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3Quarter Horse
They're just so versatile. They can do anything from jumping, to barrel racing, then you can plop a kid on them and take them for a trail ride. If I had to go with one breed for the rest of my life, the Quarter Horse would be it!
In my personal opinion, the Quarter horse is the most responsive to rider as an individual. This breed can pick up on different temperaments of individuals, as well as styles of handling. They feel more relaxed with someone who will reward them and respect them, than they do with someone is a harsh handler and does not thank the horse for a job well done.
I had a quarter horse and it was amasing she was a fast learner and a fast barrel hores to I also have a colt and he's 2 and I've rode and trained this horse all by myself and I'm only 11
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4Paint Horse
A paint horse is the same thing as a quarter horse, except colored. Same personality, same build. Both beautiful wonderful extremely versatile breeds. The paint should be right up there with the quarter. More people need to recognize that they are pretty much the same thing
I own one and she is a perfect horse we do English pleasure jumping barrel racing trail riding they are just an all around horse
I think that they are amazing and just breathtaking to watch anywhere, also when foals look nearly like their mother, I think it is so cute.
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5Mustang
I have mustangs of my own and once you get their trust they are they are very smart horses. I've had other types of horses but after I got mustangs I will never go back to another type of horse, because to me they are the best horses out there.
To me at least, besides the fact that mustangs are the embodiment of our ideas and the spirit of the wild west, they are one of the most enduring and intelligent horses ever. They have survived without our help for as long as they have existed, and continue to despite our efforts to interfere. It saddens me that they are suffering under our oppressive "care". I hope they will continue to be free, for as long as they can.
I've never had a horse but I've seen movies with mustangs and I think that they are really fast.
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6Appaloosa
I have 2 appalopsa and they are such a wonderful breed very strong legs and powerful runners at the start to the end great show ponies all around my number 1 pick plan on breeding my 2 to hood stallion...
I believe that the Appaloosa is a great Family horse and suitable for any rider. Fast learners and very intelligent. They can be used for any sport. Hardy horses that can easily live out day and night and with a minimum of extra food.
Amazing! My family have 9 horses, 3 of which are appaloosa, and although I love all of them equally, I can say from personal experience that appys learn anything the quickest, and are the most naturally responsive. But because of their intelligence they can be a bit challenging when they get bored!
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7Friesian
The Friesian is an ancient beautiful breed originally regarded as a powerful all-around utility animal. Throughout history it has been used as a war horse, having the strength, agility and sturdy bodies to carry armored knights into battle, and in every sort of farm work and riding purposes. In the last few hundred years Friesians have gained a reputation as a fine saddle horse and as an excellent harness horse because of its active trot. They are also intelligent horses. Their predominant colour is black. THIS IS AN AMAZING GORGEOUS HORSE! VOTE!
They make a lovable companion and sometimes happy and prance around I think friesion IS THE BEST HORSE ever! Vote for me peeps

HORSES ARE AWESOME ANYONE CAN LOVE ANY HORSE NOMATTER WHAT BREED IT IS
Awesome breed. Best nature and the most inquisitive of all breeds. Stunning behaviour and learning is slow but its quality results.
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8Shetland Pony
Shetlands may have a bad reputation for having bad temperaments but it all depends on the horse itself. I known quite a few people who have Shetlands and I think they're sweethearts.
I have a shetland pony and she is the smartest, cutest, and sweetest thing ever. Everybody loves her and wants to ride her. For a young and beginning rider I would prefer a shetland pony. You'll be happy if you get one!
I have a Shetland pony and she is so cute x
Best pony ever! She does all 4 paces and she is the best at jumping x
So smart :)))
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9Clydesdale
Beautiful Big horses!
They are very famous for commercials mostly beer commercials because they were saved by them.
Great for hauling huge stuff too!
Wish I had 1 though :/
I have a Clydesdale and it has the best temperament in the world and it is so affectionate if you where to buy a horse ou should buy one of these amazing beautiful stunning animals, they are so stunning and breathtaking, I could never have chosen a better breed also fell ponys are the best they rock xx
One of my favorite!
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10Morgan
Morgan's are the best thing that ever happened to me. They're sporty friendly and always be by our side. I really enjoy riding them and spending social time with them because they always have a powerful personality and always makes me feel better no matter what. That's why I think Morgan's should be at the top of the list
The Morgan can do anything that any other breed can do. They are highly intelligent and can compete and win in every discipline from riding, driving, jumping and can pull weight as well as even the big draft horses. They love people and show that love by bonding with there human partners to form a team that can't be beat,
Love the Morgan! They have beauty, temperament, gaits and endurance.
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The Contenders

11Gypsy Vanner
They are amazing horses, I have a 3 year old mare that is a great rider, I'm training her into jumping and hopefully I can compete with her in a few competitions in the future! I guaratee this horse is the better side of every other horse.
Gypsy vanners are really strong because they are a smaller version of a shire
I love Gypsy vanners, and I think that they should be number 1 of the top 10 horse breeds.
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12Brumby
I love the brumby because of a movie I watched when I was little

13Standardbred
Quite beautiful beginners horse. Mostly known for the amazing cooperation. A mans best friend. Very willing and very good for endurance working. They have got the face on an angel

14Welsh Cob (Section D)
I've owned and ridden several different breeds of ponies and horses and my favorite is my Welsh Pony! She is smart and beautiful like an Arabian, willing and trustworthy like a Quarter horse, and loves to go fast like a Thoroughbred. She is super smart and is constantly outsmarting those who ride her but the trick is to be patient and gentle and she will do absolutely anything for me! My friends hate riding her and they say she is a pain but I think she is just so fun. She has taught me so much about equines!
Fun, cheeky and loving - obviously been mistakenly placed of number 23.

15Haflinger
The Haflinger, also known as the Avelignese, is a breed of horse developed in Austria and northern Italy during the late 19th century. Haflinger horses are relatively small, are always chestnut in color, have distinctive gaits described as energetic but smooth, and are well-muscled yet elegant. The breed traces its ancestry to the Middle Ages, and there are several theories for the breed's origin. Haflingers were developed for use in mountainous terrain, and are known for their hardiness. Their current conformation and appearance are the result of infusions of bloodlines from Arabian and various European breeds into the original native Tyrolean ponies. The foundation sire, 249 Folie, was born in 1874, and by 1904 the first breeders' cooperative was formed. All Haflingers can trace their lineage back to Folie through one of seven bloodlines.
A chestnut colour the only problem is you need to let them know who's boss. They are about 14-15 hands high. They are both a carrige and an everyday riding horse. If you bought one you have made a great choice

16Anglo-Arabian
The Anglo-Arabian or Anglo-Arab is a crossbred horse that now also has its own status as a horse breed. It is a Thoroughbred crossed with an Arabian so two of the oldest and favourite horse breeds ever. The best examples of this breed inherit the refinement, good bone, and endurance of the Arabian, as well as the speed and scope of the Thoroughbred. They are powerful horses and are good at most things, The breed ideal is for a horse to have conformation that more strongly resembles the Arabian. They have a long neck, prominent withers, a compact and strong body (sturdier than the Thoroughbred), a deep chest, and solid bone. Anglo-Arabians should have small, fine heads, similar to an Arabian, but they should not be overly "dished" in profile. These are Amazing animals and have both speed and stamina from the Thoroughbred and have the elegant, graceful and intelligence from the Arabian.

17Australian Stock Horse

18Norwegian Fjord
I ride fjord every thursday, and he is wonderful! His good in jumping, dressage and is really nice! I <3 Norwegian Fjord horses!
I love fjords so much
Norwegian Fjordhorses are the best! Love them ❤ so cute and cudly and... Simply the best ❤
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19Hanoverian
Definitely should be in the top 10 because they are so well behaved, beautiful and willing to please their riders. I just lost the best horse I ever rode due to a sale and I miss her so much. She was so graceful and wonderful at dressage. She was even hard on herself for things a person might be, such as stumbling or mis-stepping. Such a good girl.

20POA
THEY ARE THE WORLDS BEST HORSES EVER! THEY DO EVERY EVENT AND SOME EVEN OUTSIDE OF THEIR BREED CHARACTERISTICS THAT THEY WERE BRED FOR! THEY ARE THE MOST AMAZING PONY FOR ALL AGES!
These horses are awesome

21Marwari
It is a purebreed of horses that is found in Rajasthan India. It was bred by the Rajputs of India who took care in ensuring the breed's quality. It was also used by the British during their rule of India and was regarded by them as a breed at par with any they had seen. The breed has suffered in the last few decades due to poor management which has resulted in a drastic fall in its numbers. Also a few genetic bottlenecks have been found in some of the Marwari horses when none existed, as late as 1989.
Marwaris are often crossed with Thoroughbreds to produce a larger horse with more versatility. Despite the fact that the breed is indigenous to the country, cavalry units of the Indian military make little use of the horses
I have ridden a marwari called pancake at my riding school and it makes a prfect childrens riding horse especially for jumping
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22Shire
Gentle Giants, strong/powerful and easy to work with, I had a rescued shire and loved him with all my heart but if I chose to have another horse I would defonatly have another shire.

23Dutch Warmblood
They are bred for jumping, and that's what they do! They are huge, beautiful animals, hard to beat in any way...
These are such good horses! Great temperament, smart and beautiful!
I'm getting a Friesian/ dutch warmblood they say he's sweet, so I think thins breed should be higher
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24Exmoor

25Irish Sport Horse
Love them, amazing at most things, so sweet and intelligent!

26Connemara
How are Connemara ponies are not in the top tens! Seriously they are amazing they are calm, gentle and nice But they are still really good to ride and safe and great with children they will love anyone who treats them well! I have seen them at shows. They rock and are amazing to ride I suggest them now and I always will so GET ONE!
Connemaras are amazing horses! I own one and he is the kindest horse ever. If he ever gets a fright he doesn't do anything wrong and he tries his best to keep me safe! If I leave him in the paddock he chooses me over his over horse friends and follows me around every step I take. He is an all rounder and loves water! He is also very quiet. Connemaras are especially good children's horses because you know they will keep the child safe and love them unconditionally.
I love connemaras, though ponies are suposed to be more independant than horses, I love ponies much more. Every single one I've met has been so sweet! My friend has a connemara and he is so smart! He knows how to get around the forest, so when we take trail rides we don't even have to move the reins!
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27American Saddlebred
One of the most intelligent, people loving, athletic, beautiful and versatile of all breeds. I have ridden various breeds of horses and why they are not listed among the most intelligent of all breeds is nothing, but ignorant breed prejudice.For many years they were the top breed for movie and televison performances. See Mr. Ed, Fury, Giant, National Velvet etc.

28Lippizan

29Akhal-Teke
Truly amazing horse breed. Not only do they have a beautiful distinctive look often complete with metallic gold coat, but they excel in any discipline, be it racing, eventing, showing or just riding.
In my eyes, the best horse breed by far.

30Azteca

31Tennessee Walking Horse
I have a Tennessee Walking Horse myself so I know first-hand that they are mostly calm but can be spunky and try their best to do what you want and their very intelligent and pick up on what you want them to do quick if you want a trail horse a Tennessee Walking Horse is perfect and they have really smooth gaits too.
They are really sweet and loyal but it makes me mad that so many people use soring or the big lick just for money and don't even care about that beautiful horse they got
Calm and very intelligent

32Falabella

33Rocky Mountain
Beautiful black coat with appears to be red hair in the sun light
They are great horses

34New Forest
I look after a new forest and they are a hardy, fluffy ponies
These are very popular in England!
AMAZING ALL ROUNDER PONIES!
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35Icelandic Horse
Very colorful and looks very much like a natural. Amazing to ride.

36Lusitano
Very Beautiful and Powerful Portuguese Horses, They Were used as War Horses in the conquering of South America, they are also used in Bullfight, they have a Really very powerful apearence, very strong neck and hindquarters, I Love them, seen them in action, here in Portugal, wish I had one.

37Hucul

38Andalusian
Docile beautiful horses, extremely intelligent and ellegant, should be in the top 10

39Xilingol

40Welsh Pony

41Australian Riding Pony
Best for your first riding poney

42Nordlandshest

Nordlands is a Norwegian breed. Their extremely cute and nice ponies!


43Trakehner

44Connemara Pony

45Dales
Honest, beautiful, a friend for life.a very willing and hard working breed.

46Chincoteague Pony

47Spanish Mustang
The Spanish mustang A mustang is a free-roaming horse that has become an iconic symbol of the spirit of the American West. Mustangs are often called a wild horse. However, this term is incorrect because they are genetically descended from domesticated Spanish horses. A more accurate term is feral horse.

Mustangs were first brought over to the Americas by Spanish explorers. Native Americans quickly adopted the horse as a means of transportation. Pioneers in the American West, ranchers and cowboys also used the hardy, stocky horses for travel.

Mustangs are known for their speed and grace. They measure an average size of 14 - 15 hands and typically weigh around 800 pounds (360 kg). One hand is equivalent to 4 inches (10 cm). Their coloring varies from reddish-brown, black, white or a golden-brown. In the wild, Mustangs have a lifespan of about 15 to 20 years, while domesticated Mustangs can live up to 30 years. Like most horses, mustangs spend much of their day grazing in open plains.

48Peruvian
I've had lots of horses over 25+ years
Morgan
Arab
POA
Walker
Q-horse
Appy
And a bunch of crosses. They all have individual personalities. Quickest learners of them I've owned and trained.
1-Peruvian
2-Morgan
3-Q horse

49Curly
American Bashkir Curlies are such sweet animals. They are amazing for riders who are allergic, because they have a curly coat that is considered hypoallergenic.

50Canadian Horse
This is the little horse that could. Toughest horse ever, puts up with all types of weather and great at all tasks.

51Fell Pony

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