20 Most Popular Horse Breeds in the World

The world's most popular horse breeds may surprise you ... or not. There are so many horse breeds that it would take an entire book to cover the subject. A breed for every purpose, horses come in all shapes, colors, and sizes.

Popular Horse Breeds


This Spanish breed originated in the Iberian Peninsula and was first recognized as a breed in the 15th century. It was known for its prowess as a war horse and prized by nobility.

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Technically warmbloods are not a breed but a group that encompasses a number of types and breeds, including the Hanoverian, Holsteiner, Oldenburg, and Trakhner.

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Miniature Horse

The miniature horse was developed in Europe in the 1600s. The breed’s two registries have different height requirements, but the horses must fall under 34-38 inches, measured from the last hairs of the mane

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Developed by the Nez Perce Native American tribe in the Pacific Northwest, Appaloosas are best known for their colorful spotted coat pattern.

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The American Paint Horse is a unique combination of the conformational characteristics of the western stock horse and the colors of a pinto.

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Compact, brave and agreeable, the Morgan horse is best known for its versatility. One of the oldest breeds developed in the United States, all Morgans trace back to the foundation sire, Figure.

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Tennessee Walker

The Tennessee Walker is a gaited breed of horse that was developed in the Southern United States during the 18th century for use on farms and plantations.

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The Thoroughbred is best known for its use in horse racing. Developed in England in the 17th and 18th century, this breed is high spirited and known for its heart.

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