Top Ten Best Horse Breeds

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1Arabian

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.

Those horses are all built to run differently. You can't race them all together. For example, the arabian was built and created for endurance and yes, would go further than a quarter horse or thoroughbred. But the thoroughbred was specifically built for speed. And the quarter horse for speed going a quarter mile. The Arabian was not built for speed like the thoroughbred. Therefore, would not be faster or win in a regular race. But I agree that the Arabian is gorgeous, elegant, and graceful. - turnandburnbaby_1026

Arabians are the Ferrari of the horse breeds. They are fast and sporty. But the thing about them that's amazing is that if you can ride an Arab, you can ride anything. though you probably won't cause everything else feels "half dead". They are amazing at meddling personalities with their owners, and become an extension of your own being rather than a mount. They become part of you and who you are because they are so amazingly smart. Also they have huge hearts. And can learn anything. If you can handle the fire in your Arab with respect, they will respect you in return and you'll both be tempered into something better. I wouldn't ride anything else. On top of that they are gorgeous! And can do anything. They can show, jump, run barrels, do trails... They can do anything and everything. They're perfect in my opinion

Are they fast

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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 defiantly hot headed my instructor is trying to retrain an of that track race horse that only came out of the gate 15 times and she got bucked of and she nearly broke her back and she has been riding for longer than you have been alive

They are good for just about any discipline. Strong and muscular, and a crowd pleaser.

Extremely versatile breed and if raced and properly rehabbed and retrained can go in almost any direction.

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3Quarter Horse

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.

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!

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

Quarter horses are great beginner horses and they are super kind horses if they have proper training and a respectful rider. And Quarter horses are almost exactly the same as paint horses. They are just different color. So I also love paint horses!

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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.

I have a paint horse and his names Scooter. He's like a puppy. I love him. He's my first horse.

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5Appaloosa

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!

I have 4 appaloosa and there the best

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6Mustang

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.

Mustangs might not have the best confirmation or best attitude (at first), but there is something about them most people over look. Mustangs are intilligent, resilient, durable, athletic, sure footed, easy-keepers, who are capible of doing anything that is asked of them. They have all of these attributes because of there adaptability to harsh environmental conditions; and, if they didn't have these characteristics to there breed they wouldn't have survived in the wild this long. The most important thing to keep in mind when working with this breed, is they need to trust you. Trust is key. You have to show them that things are OK. Your domestic horse will see objects and a Mustang will see past objects to see if they are a threat. With honest love, a lot of patience, and appreciation for their heritage they will not let you down. Just remember that complacency with any horse could get your hurt.

I think that you are putting mustang to low on the scale because the Mustangs run wild and free and are strong and beautiful and they are the most majestic breed of horse! They are strong and powerful and overall the most beautiful thing I have every seen in my life time and I hope that you to can see how great they are

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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!

Awesome breed. Best nature and the most inquisitive of all breeds. Stunning behaviour and learning is slow but its quality results.

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

This breed is great

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8Morgan

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,

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

Morgan horses are great horses. They are very strong and often graceful looking horses. They can live very long lives of up to 40 years of age. (Nearly 15 years longer than many horses average life spans) I rode a 33 year old morgan horse a few years ago. He was very friendly and pretty. He was roan and naturally had reddish streaks through his honey colored tail. He had a bumpy trot, bur I still loved so much.

How couldn't you love a Morgan!

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9Gypsy Vanner

I was shocked at how versatile the Vanner breed is and, yes they can jump. I have watched them jump a four foot fence flat footed (big engines) and know of one who jumps in competitions. Pam Fowler Grace a 2008 Olympic Contender in Dressage once said to me,

"he is one of the most extraordinary horses of any breed I have ever ridden in my life " Pam was talking about The Gypsy King, one of the first two Vanner stallions to ever enter North America.

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.

I think that Gypsy horses are awesome. I have never ridden one, but I am desperate to ride one someday. I have petted them before at Ohio state fair, and they were usually friendly, unless they were having a bad day for some reason. I love them and the fact that they are versatile and family friendly. They are just so sweet.

This is a great horse that is so cute.

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10Clydesdale

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

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 wish I owned one. Very gentle and loving! Also, very pretty! Lovable, big sweet, and loyal, what more could you ask? Big babies, really. Smooth ride and they even look nice doing jumps up to 2 foot. Fine with dogs, kids, and anything else! Bombproof if trained correctly. MOST are never high strung, but bad lines could be hot heads. Easy to train, ride, and calm. Different horses are different, regardless of breed, but Clydes are usually fine with their hooves being picked up and being clipped of summer. All rounders, Gentle Giants!

There a pure scottish breed like it says in the name

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The Contenders

11Standardbred

Standardbreds make excellent beginner horses especially geldings and anyone who wants a safe care free ride would choose a Standardbred as they have amazing people friendly nature and since most are broken to harness as well as saddle they are so use to being handled and so accepting and I've never seen any of my Standardbred riding horses spook or getting worried about anything. Trust me after 20 years of experience in horses and owning Everything from American Miniatures to purebred Arabians the Standardbred is a winner. Like what most standardbred owners say I wish I own one many years ago. Biggest kept secret in the horse world the Standardbred horse. thanks Darryl

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

This Horse is very, very good for Beginners! I'm a Beginner myself, and I have a Standardbred Horse. He's black so I named him Night. He's absolutely AMAZING! I love riding and am completely obsessed with Night!

Will try there heart out with anything you ask! Never put a foot wrong. They are great for beginners but also serious riders looking to train that perfect horse.

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12Shetland 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 :)))

Shetlands are cute. They are strong. They are perfect for young riders who love ponies. Some are nice, some are hard to ride. If a kid falls of a Shetland, they can get used to falling because a Shetland is not as high. It is perfect.

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13Dutch Warmblood

I have a dutch warmblood, well, 2! And they are perfect! The loves of my life. they are so powerful and great jumpers, but both are so sweet around the barn. they love what they do and really have fun jumping. great breed

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!

A dutch warmblood has it all

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14Andalusian

Best horse to ever come out of Europe bar none!

One of the most ancient breeds in the world possibly even older than the Arab.

Easy to work with and train, learns quickly, affectionate, charismatic, energetic, classy, elegant, proud, strong and many more adjectives come to mind when describing the PRE. One would need hours upon hours to properly type the perfect description for the PRE!

Most beautiful horse in the world!

No other horse can be as majestic and hardworking. They may not have the strength of a shire horse or the stamina of a thoroughbred, but what other horse would work until he drops for you.

What other horse moves and trains like an Andy! They are one of the oldest and smartest of them all! I don't see any other breed performing like the PRE!

The more beautiful Horse in the world

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15Hanoverian

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.

Should defiantly be in the top ten! I own three of them and they are amazing! All the Olympic riders have this horse!

This horse should take the place of either the quarter horse cause they're ugly, or the appaloosa cause they are also ugly, or, the gypsy banner which is nice but hanoverians are better.

They were the first horse I ever rid

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16Tennessee 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.

I love Tennessee Walkers and I think they are some of the best horses in the universe. I have met one that is part welsh and it is absolutely amazing. He is very sweet and he hugs me. On the other hand, there is one that is pretty mean, but I am getting to him. I say it depends on the individual horse.

Tennessee Walkers are some of the most intelligent and loveliest breeds I have ever come upon. They are also amazingly smooth horses, and can participate in nearly everything! Don't know why only 0.6% voted on them, but whoever did, thumbs up to you!

It may be fun to ride a Tennessee Walking Horse, but it hurts the Horses and it's just cruel. I, personally, disapprove of it. Sorry, but I would never do this to a Horse. Not even in my dreams.

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17Haflinger

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.

I have a Haflinger named Sugar and she tries every thing she can to get out of work if you even look off to the side she will stop and turn back around to go find something to eat. All in all though she is the best and calmest horse I ever ridden.

The haflinger is the best horse breed ever. I have a haflinger named "a kings ransom" he is the best horse I could ever ask for. he is so loving and patient and kind

This is a good horse.

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18Brumby

Brumbies, much like mustangs, do not have a standard genetic disposition. As with all wild horse "breeds", they draw from a wide genetic pool. No two populations of brumbies will have the same conformation. For instance, in the neighbouring Toolara and Tuan state forests, the Toolaran brumbies show significantly more draught horse breeding than their lighter Waler-like Tuan counterparts.

However, for all their physical conformation difference, brumbies share the same wild spirit. They do not trust easily and will be quick to shy away from human contact. Once these initial barriers are gone, however, brumbies invariably prove themselves to be very capable and responsive horses. Most trained brumbies will always keep their wild spirit to some extent and try to remain largely independent of their rider, but they are quick and willing to respond to a rider's instructions.

With a brumby, a rider needs to be aware that the wild horse has a better understanding of its ...more

Brumbies are fantastic but I've heard they are really hard to gentle. Still, I love them and maybe it's their wild, independent nature that makes then great!

I naturally pefer a horse with a wild instinct. They seems more wise (and more intelligent) than other horse breeds, knowing the basic area around me better. Also I just love them in general

Sounds like my grandpa

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20American Saddlebred

One of the most versatile horses in the world! I have worked with them for over 40 years, and I have bred horses that are now top jumpers, dressage horses, police horses, barrel racers, cutters, and so on! I have sold a saddlebred to almost every discipline known to man! The saddlebred is know for its natural beauty and grace, a top competitor with the Arabian. I believe the arabian is only favorite because nobody has seen the movement and beauty of the show horse, the saddlebred! Not just beautiful, they are powerful! These horses will take you on a journey that you will never want to leave! Best know in their performance of saddleseat, saddlebreds are NOT sored for their gaits like with TWH And the Big Lick. Every dicipline has it's abusers, but saddlebreds are worshiped for their strength, beauty, and of course, their living companionship. Give a saddlebred your heart, and he will stand by you through thick and thin.

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.

Best horse ever! They are happy to go all day or just a bareback loop around the pasture. Very smart, easy to teach.

Absolutely awesome horses! Very versatile

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