Top Ten Best Horse Breeds

The Top Ten

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.

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.

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

My Arab is definitely the smartest horse I've ever ridden. Riyaaz (Arabic: Garden of purity), has only ever had to be shown anything new twice before he has it, apart from when he flat doesn't see the point in doing something.
I have had him since he was 14 months old and he is now rising 7. He has taught me how to ride at the same time as I was breaking him in (not the best way to do things as I soon found out).
During the last 3 years he has been amazing both in the school and out on the endurance trails. I first broke him to English and then moved on to western as he is so slim I found it really hard to stay seated. He caught me several times using his neck when I didn't stop as quickly as he did!
Learning how to handle an Arabian has been amazing. He has broken my nose, rib and neck over the years, all have been 'my fault' accidents.
He has definitely copied my personality and spends hours finding ways to chase and torment others in his field. My wife says he is a ...more

Thoroughbred

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

Thoroughbreds are amazing. My aunt works at a barn close to where I live, and the owner owns one. I saw some of the stable hands ride her and she is super fast! I'm only 12 so I don't know how fast she actually went, but like I said, very fast! Her name is American Dream and she is 2 Years old now, maybe older. I've ridden her before and she is very gentle and slow when you want her to be and she is fast when you want her to be fast. She takes directions very well! I wish I could post a picture but she is gray and white and my aunt usually puts flowers in her mane and also braids her tail!

One of the fastest breeds, definitely one for those with the need for speed. They are also great show jumpers, though they're known better for racing. They come in many different shapes and sizes, along with colors as any other breed does. Though with all horses, thoroughbreds need much patience and training to become the amazing creatures they are. Much like the andalusians, these horses can be the best of the best with the old English Kings when their knights rode them into battle. Altogether though, the thoroughbred horse is non the less an amazingly beautiful, strong and powerful horse. Any owner along with any horse should know this.

Morgan

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.

I love that they are really friendly, they are also so nice to ride. When I ride my horse I don't feel that I'm gonna fall of like I do on maria, he is much smarter than the others in the barn. He looks so beautiful when he jumps canters trot's even walking, he's my prettiest horse. he's black and white and brown at the bottom of his legs. they come in so many colours. I have 12 horses morgan's: 4. Arabian: 1 (she's so grumpy). Thinker pony: 2. Islandic horse: 3. Shetlandpony: 2. I've bought a thoroughbred now. I love all my horses. (by the way Firegirl110 my favorite Morgan is actually named Morgan, he's my favorite horse)

American Quarter 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.

These horses are really nice and the gaits are really cute too

I have grown up around Quarter Horses. We have 6 right now. Our oldest Quarter Horse is our chestnut gelding, Sugar. He is the smartest, packing horse I have ever known. In fact, he's the only horse I know who can get a saddle off of himself, call in an Elk (Trust me, he has! ), and will untie himself and every other horse!
Not only are they smart, Quarter Horses are an extremely versatile breed. People mostly use them for western, but I believe they can do both western and English. They are my favorite breed in the whole world!

Our horse is very well mannered, playful and knows his job in the arena when my 5 year old is on him, and they both understand each other and care for one another, our boy sambo is one of the. Eat horses I have ever seen!

Standardbred

Amazing Trotting and Harness Horses, The best come from USA and New Zealand

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

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.

American Paint 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 love their white spots paint horses and appolosos are the best breeds ever!

Dutch Warmblood

I currently lease a Dutch Warmblood, and he is the sweetest horse I have met! Not to mention his amazing movement and talent!

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!

Clydesdale

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!

I am a novice. So to all you experienced horse lovers I envy you. I always wanted a horse since I was a little girl, but we had no place to put the horse. If I have a horse one day, I want to see it every day. I love so many breeds my head spins. If I could own one I'd like the Friesian, Glydesdale and the gypsy vanner. Being I don't know how to ride I would like an older horse. A horse that would let me ride him or her without going fast. If the horse was not rideable that would be fine too. I just want a horse that would love me as much as I love him. But at this time I don't live in a place where I could have a horse. But I still dream and I won't stop dreaming of my beautiful, loving horse. Do horses know how or what love is?

Tennessee Walking Horse

In a barn full of show and lesson horses I have the only Walker. You can hear me tell him "Pick your head up. You're a Tennessee Walker not a Quarter Horse." Lol. When we ride, everyone watches him. His movements.
Smart and outgoing personalities that will wrap any human around their hoof. They love having a job to do and are easy keepers.
Their smooth gait, loyal disposition, and confirmation makes them my choice if you are looking for a partner.

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.

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!

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.

Hanoverian

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.

Definitely top ten, well-rounded horses in multiple disciplines, very capable, calm, collected. I have ridden multiple Hanoverians (5-10), and generally they're lovely, learn easily, incredibly attentive and sweet. Talented both in dressage and show jumping, perfect hobby and beginner or junior horse, I would even recommend as a house pet. Very diverse in size and shape, but largerly an elegant, proportionate horse with great moves and an all-around sweetness to them. I've ridden them from when I was a child to now, and as all horses, they all have their hangups, but are generally agreeable and soft in the mouth, responsive.

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

A real life noble steed, seen in three day events and also Excels in show jump get and dressage.

The Newcomers

? Camargue

Graceful yet strong in appearance, and is thought to be a very old horse breed.

? Finnhorse

Originated in Finland as can tell by the name.

The Contenders

Appaloosa

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!

An all round nice horse. Appaloosas are the oldest breed by far and because of this they are so tuned into the human persona. The can and are used for any discipline because of there marvelous personalities and ability that they are famed for. They are long lived, never sick or sorry and always ready for whatever you throw at them. They are fast, jump for fun, very intelligent and adored by all... Ask anyone.

Friesian

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!

Not only are they beautiful, they are smart and loving. I never have to catch my Friesian... she meets me at the gate every time, ready to play or work. Super versatile - dressage, trails, beach, parades. Love this amazing breed!

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

I have personally never ridden or been close to a friesian, but I remember seeing them pulling wagons and carriages. They are truly magical horses and extremely beautiful, I envy anyone who owns a friesian

Gypsy 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.

I ride gypsy cobs (That's what we call them) and they are the sweetest! They have never left my side and all of them love cuddles! They are just like big puppy dogs! They work hard to please you, and despite what some say, they can jump, very well! Both me and my pony are new to jumping and she is already quite good with it! I love them, all around amazing!

Brumby

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

They are so cute!

Andalusian

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!

Best of the best

Warmblood

Warm bloods are strong and gorgeous looking great jumpers

Love em. No more.

Beautiful, great quality horses!

Beautiful and awesome horse

Shetland 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.

Paso Fino

They come in such wonderful colors and are such smooth gaited horses. They are great for trail rides, endurance, and pleasure. (Of course a lot of other things. It depends on the individual horse, usually.) Paso Finos are also very gentle.

Paso finos are the best! I've worked with 2 paso finos (both rescues) and they have the best gait, not to mention a cute size and GREAT TRAIL HORSES!
do your self a favor and get a paso fino

Has a temper but once you bond and get to know them, they will be the best horse you ever owned!

Awesome horse. Smoothest Horse ever.

Connemara

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!

Connemara ponies are brilliant jumpers & crossed with a thoroughbred, they can jump even higher! They are very quiet, easy to ride & handle & are good doers, so much so that if they overfeed or are overfed, they can founder. I saw a great car sticker once that said "Jump on a Connemara pony".

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.

Connemara Ponies are gentle kind and sweet. They have sloping shoulders which is good for jumping and All sorts of other things. In the Dublin Horse Show 2014 The guy jumped 1.20 and the Connemara Stallion jumped it and won. They are brillant ponies, there is one at my riding stables called Nora and she is the best pony in the world, she loves jumping. CONNEMARAS SHOULD BE IN THE TOP 10!

Marwari

One of the unique and elegant horse breeds notable due to its curled ears.

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.

I've been breeding Marwari for years and they are some of the most unique horses versatile for any sport and adventure amazing human connection faithful and brave to try anything

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

Lusitano

Strong, brave, super smart, gentle and quick learners. They are also very versatile, they have been competing in every Olympic discipline for ages! If you are a dedicated and kind rider, your horse will commit himself 120% to your work!
The only sad thing is that most breeding houses here in Portugal are changing this breed, which has a really incredible amount of history in their back! The Lusitano might as well be as old as, or even older then, the Arabian!
Nowadays the Lusitanos we see are these medium, strong, arcaic horses, because of the mixes they have been put through with the PRE, while the original Lusitano was a big, still strong, sporty horse. These Portuguese horses used to the known for being the biggest and most agile horses on the battle fields!
My mare is a pure Lusitano, heights 170cm and we compete in the 120cm classes of showjumping, but I rarely see other riders with Lusitanos and I often receive ugly looks from other contestants who ride fancy French or ...more

They are the real warhorse, brave yet sweet, really hot but sweet and with real personality. Jumping, Bullfight, dressage, working equitation champions due to their sheer quality, athleticism and agility, cattle horses with real cow sense, and come from the greatest and most perfect equitation tradition in the world: Portugal. What can the others do to compare?

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.

I am sorry... It is amazing how this breed is not placed at #1
Amazing...

Icelandic Horse

I love their character, willingness and spirit. Having very soft additional gates does not spoil either.

Intelligent, courageous, funny, moody and no two are the same. The only horse breed to have 5 gates. A lot of diversity in their color.

I love these ponies they are hard working and unique. Each of them have a great heart.

Very colorful and looks very much like a natural. Amazing to ride.

Haflinger

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.

Their character and intelligence is hard to match with other breads!

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.

If it's not a Haflinger it's just a horse! Number one breed in the world, get with it website, you are seriously out dated!

Anglo-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.

My two favourites crossed together! Wow! My whole life has been a lie! 🐎

Akhal-Teke

Known for its beautiful striking appearance. It is a unique horse breed, due to its appealing coat.

A very versatile and beautiful breed, descended from the extinct Turkoman horses. They are hardy, versatile and very beautiful and have a range of coat colours and beautiful shiny coats due to their special hair structure.

The most beautiful and thoroughbred horse in the world!

Its called the golden horse, it should be in the top 5

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