Different types of Horses

The Mustang

 Hernando Cortez brought horses ashore in Mexico in 1519. The name mustang comes from the word mesteno, which means wild or stray. The horses survived the harsh trip across the sea which proves the stamina. Today the mustang is a protected animal, there are only about 50,000 left and many herds are so small they suffer from inbreeding.

Description- They are fully grown when they are 4-7 years old. They have very strong legs compared to other horses. The hooves are also stronger then other horses because they have to be able to run without shoes on any kind of terrian.

Use- It is obvious that you can't really "use" a mustang, but they can be tamed. If tamed they could be used as a saddle horse.

The Herd- Each herd has two leaders; a mare and the stallion. The mare leads and the stallion follows after. The stallion will take charge in an attack, he is the guard and protector.

Wild Mustangs
Wild Mustangs

Kiger Mustang

 The mustang of today does not look like the spanish horses from which it descends, but in 1977 a herd of mustangs was discovered that strongly deviated from other herds. They were found in Oregon. The herd were split in two groups, 20 horses in one, and 7 horses in the other. The horses were set free and supervised to make sure no other wild horses would come near them and breed. A few Kiger mustangs have been tamed. They turned out to be good learners and well suited for cattle driving.

Description- Mustangs come in all possible equnine colors but most are sorrel, they are 13. 2 to 15 hands tall. 

Kiger Mustang
Kiger Mustang

Cayuse Indian Pony

The pioneers often called the horses of the natives Americans "Cayuse Ponies" but the Cayuse Indian Pony is in fact a breed tracked back to the 19th century. Like many other horse breeds the Cayuse Indian Pony was some what fuzzy history but it is believed to be a descendant from French horses. Today you can rarely find the breed outside of California.

Description- The Cayuse Indian Pony is small and stocky, with high withers and extremely long cannon bones.

Use- The pony is mostly used for riding and is great for animal children because it rides easy and comfortable. Colors are mostly gray and they are usually 14 hands high.

Cayuse Indian Pony
Cayuse Indian Pony

Florida Cracker Horse

 The Florida cracker horse is another rare breed. It is also called the Florida horse, woods pony, indian pony, prarie pony or florida cow pony. The breed was created by natural selection among the herds o wild horses in florida, and it became a favorite cattle driver. Later however, farmers started using bigger horses for this task, almost causing the extinction of the florida cracker horse.

Description- It is a smaller horse, only about 13.5 hands high. It has an elegant head with lively eyes, the back is short and strong with rounded loins. The horse has a natural alertness, power and stamina. It isborn with a fast gait. They come in any equine colors but are mostly solid or gray.

Florida Cracker Horse
Florida Cracker Horse

American Quarter Horse

Nobody can tell how the QH was created. Some claim it is the oldest horse breed in the U.S. The QH is named after the distance of the competitions in which it ran, the quarter mile. The American Quarter Horse Association founded in 1940, is the largest breed organization in the world. It has almost four million members.

Description- The head is short and broad in comparison to the small pricked ears, the hind quarters are strong and muscled. The bow is powerful which gives the saddle a good base. The back is exceptionally short. The QH has a nice disposition and is very intelligent, which makes it a fast learner.

Use- Most people think f western riding when talking about QHs but this horse is also a competition horse. It has become increasingly popular in disciplines such as polo and jumping. It is also an outstanding recreational horse.

American Quarter Horse
American Quarter Horse

American Saddle Bred

 The American Saddle Bred has its origins in the 17th century, when British pioneers brought their Galloway and recreational horses to North America. These horses were bred to be both small and strong, and very suitable for riding on tough terrain.

Description- A good Saddle bred should have good muscles and soft glowing coat. The mares should be feminine and the stallions real machos. The head should be beautifully shaped with big expressive eyes, ears should be closed and a narrow nose with large nostrils.

Use- As the name suggests, a riding horse. It is very well suited for dressage, jumping, terrain riding and western riding but also very good for carriage driving.

American Saddlebred
American Saddlebred


The Appaloosa, being my personally favorite, is an ancient breed, cave paintings of more then 20,000 years ago display these spotted horses, and the old chinese emperors called them celestial horses. In the 18th and 19th century, they were favored by the European artisocracy. In the U.S the breed is all about the native americans, especially the Nez Perce tribe in Oregon. The bred the Appaloosa effciently and selectively, that's why they were known as the horse experts.

Description- Stamina, good character, strong hind quarters, good legs, versatility, hard hooves and elegant head make up the Appaloosa as the Nez Perce wanted.

Colors- The most common is a dark body with spotted or white loins and hind quarters. However, there are different patterns. No two Appaloosas are the same, they usually have a spotted coat, striped hooves and a white scelea in common though.

Use- There are different Appalossa bloodlines. Some are characterized by speed, others are very suited for Western disciplines like cutting and roping, while others are good for dressage and jumping. You could almost say there is an Appalossa for every use.



 The morgan is named after Justin Morgan, a teacher from Massashusetts. When he moved to Vermont in 1789 he brought a bay foal with him name figure. Figures good characteristics and descendents all passed to a new generation known as the morgans. The first morgans were used for clearing forests and plowing fields. In england they served as carriage horses. Nowadays, you can find morgans all over the U.S and more than 20 countries outside the U.S.

Description-Stamina, honesty, easy-going, free moving, short head, broad forehead, large eyes, broad loins, deep flank, high tail, and compact body are all apart of morgans.

Color- Bay, chesnut, black, yellow, light gray, cream and buckskin. The most common are bay, black and chesnut but some have overo patterns.

Use-Morgans a popular riding horses but they are also used for carriage driving, western riding, jumping, dressage, and endurance. Because of its clam nature the happy horse is sometimes used for thearpy. Every morgan owner says its just not a new horse, but a new family member, that's how friendly and nice this horse is.

American Paint Horse

 Hernando Cortes sailed to America with a bunch of horses chasing gold in 1519. One bunch of horses was chesnut with white spots on its belly, this became a paint horse. They soon became popular and in 1960 Rebecca Tyler Lockhart started the breed association and made it the most common horse in American in 1962.

Description- The paint horse is compact and muscular,with a relatively small head. It has an exeptionally good character. Because of its conformation, its fast and can make rounds on the spot. This is why it is very suitable for Western riding. It is said to have alot of cow sense.

Color- The three main colors are tobiano, overo, and tovero but within the overo there are different patterns.

Use- The paint is mostly for riding, but is most suitable for Western riding.

American Paint Horse
American Paint Horse

Rocky Mountain Horse

 The history of the RMH is a legend. Its claimed the pioneers had taken a special horse to Kentucky, a beautiful, young stallion of spanish descent. This stallion was crossbred with a mare. This foal was the foundation  sire of the breed. It had good character, verstil and stable gaits in four tempi. He was used for breeding his 37 year life. Most rocky mountain horses are his descendents. It is now a rare breed.

Decription- Breeding is meticulously inspected and only horses with the right characteristics are registered. They should have good character, natural gaits, broad chest, easy to deal with, sure footed, calm and very intelligent.

Color- All soild colors are allowed. They cannot have white leaves or modest white markings on their chest.

Use- The rocky mountain horse is used for riding, competitions and endurance.

Rocky Mountain Horse
Rocky Mountain Horse

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smitzr 7 years ago

Wild mustangs were brought to work in the woods camps of Newfoundland on boxcars from Western Canada, via New Brunswick, back in the early 1900s. "Bawky Jim" was one of them. The story of "Bawky Jim" is included in my "Just A Dozen" series on this hub site. My Dad handled horses in the old camps after practically growing up with them while working in the camps from the early age of age of eight years old in 1921.

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AshleyNikole 7 years ago from Virginia Author

Thanks for the information and story Smitzr!

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kcnck 7 years ago

Add Arabian horse too.I'm a horse enthusiast. I love seeing the derbies.Your writing is--Nice and simple

Brianna 7 years ago

can u plz add every horse ppppppppplllllllllllllzzzzzzzzzz

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AshleyNikole 7 years ago from Virginia Author

I will indeed add more! Coming Soon! and Thanks for the comments!

Shane Murphy 7 years ago

a nice easy way to find out about horses, thanx

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AshleyNikole 7 years ago from Virginia Author

Thanks Shane Murphy.

abdul saboor 7 years ago

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AshleyNikole 7 years ago from Virginia Author

Thank you Abdul Saboor

i love horses 6 years ago

you rock i had a progect to do and you saved my life thanx

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AshleyNikole 6 years ago from Virginia Author

I love horses: Glad I could help, just please make sure you word it in on your words and don't take any of mine. :) thanks.

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Art 4 Life 6 years ago from in the middle of nowhere....

I love the hub, and I love horses...I have 3, and a pony...one foxtrotter gelding, a QH mare, a spotted saddle mare, and the shetland pony...

I love the gaited breeds...they are so smooth, and can go for hours...I pushed your green button, loved the pictures!

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AshleyNikole 6 years ago from Virginia Author

Thanks Art 4 life!

kaylah witham 6 years ago

i need so much help i am looking for a horse but i want to look at all the breedsso i can look up information so see witch one suits me best do you know any sites that lists almost all horse breeds?

p.s. thank you for including florida cracker horse i am pretty sure that this is the horse for me! thank you so much and your wording is exact and very easy to understand! thank you!

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AshleyNikole 6 years ago from Virginia Author

I gave links to the types of horses above, but here is a good search engine for horses. They have good information and easy access. Hope it helps! Thanks for the comment!


meme 6 years ago

what about the curly horse

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AshleyNikole 6 years ago from Virginia Author

The curly horse...Im on it!

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GarnetBird 6 years ago from Northern California

I adored this Hub; I am new to Hub pages and have 11 pieces online now. I love your photos! I had 2 Morgan Horses and they were wonderful. Great Hub!

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AshleyNikole 6 years ago from Virginia Author

Thanks GarnetBird!

lola 6 years ago

i like horses

Kelly 6 years ago

I love horses they are my favorite animale ever

flimmia 6 years ago

hi how are yous i have a horse to she is great, she is a fleabitten grey mare, she is due to have her little foal in november. : ) i think she is great

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mcarthur76 6 years ago

That is some awesome information about different breeds. We covered the HorseHaven event at the Calgary Stampede this year and showcased all of the light horse breeds and did a little movie on each one. You can see them at http://www.horseback-ridinglessons.com Not everything is free there but if you are on the email list they send you a free video every couple weeks on horse training, horse facts, or just learning to handle or ride horses better. Its all online videos so its at your fingertips. Anyhow I love your Hub Page! Looks great!


horse 6 years ago

In Florida Cracker horse, you say they are 13.5 hands. This is not a measurement. A hand is 4 inches. Therefore, measurements are 13 hands, 13.1 hands, 13.2 hands, 13.3 hands and then 14 hands. A "13.5" hand horse would actually be 14.1.

Malie 6 years ago

All of these horses are beautiful, and everytime I look at the pictures or read information about them I feel honoured....

Brailey Taylor 6 years ago

I would love if you could add all of the types of horses to this list and the pictures are amazing!!! :)

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equebee 6 years ago from Lincoln

What a superb hub, very informative and have to say as a horse lover, the pictures were beautiful. I printed one or two to put on my wall.

Once again a fabulous hub keep up the good work.

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MeaghanTS 6 years ago from Ontario,Canada

Good info on the appaloosa breed,! I own a 6 year olf appaloosa mare. I love the history on the appy breed!

horses rule! 6 years ago

i want to get some horses and pony's soon. i just don't know what kind to get because everytime i read about a horse i think would suit me and my family, the info says would suit best western riding. i don't ride western though so do u know any great kinds of horses that could work for kids and adults that are english or hunt seat?

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Marsha Hubler 5 years ago

Wow, what a super hub! As a fellow horse lover, I enjoyed your photos and information. Visit me at my horsie blog and website, which are both loaded with all kinds of neat horsie stuff, including horse books for kids.

Marsha Hubler



madison lee 5 years ago

i am doing a power point on these types of horses

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Miss Lil' Atlanta 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Wow, great hub. I love the horse pictures that you uploaded. They're so unique. The picture of the mustange horse with the long black mane is absolutely incredible! Also, American Saddlebreds, Appaloosas, and Morgan Horses are some of my favorite horse breeds as well.

~ Miss Lil' Alanta

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a1flowers 5 years ago from Mumbai

wow.. it was a great article. But I would say:

Today, the power, agility, gracefulness and speed of the horse means that horses are mostly used for personal pleasure and utilised in competitions.

hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii 5 years ago

hii thanks so much i had to do a project on this ur a life saver hey do u know anything about the arabain horse??

Grace 5 years ago

I wish I had a horse:(. i love horses:). I like quarter horses.

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TToombs08 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

nice hub. great start in listing all the breeds. My favorites are appys and recently, Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horses (we now own 2). :o)

Ruth 5 years ago

i love horses!

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pioneers1 5 years ago

what other horses do u have???

Cloe 5 years ago

I wish I had that doted horse up there that was the the most prettiest horse I've ever seen if you think that horse is pretty comment back thank you if you think it is

Faythe A. Hixon 5 years ago

Im 8 years old. I LOVE!!! horses.

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AshleyNikole 5 years ago from Virginia Author

That is good, I hope you learn how to put that love to a good use!

faris 4 years ago

i like all the horses and i want to haver horse

horselover123 4 years ago

I love horses to death but ive never had one ive rode them since i was 3 and i think there magnificent animals but the thing is ive only rode one specific horse and that's my uncles horse but saddly he past about 3 or 4 yrs ago and im still sad but i don't know what type of horse he is i know hes plane brown and that's it no other color and when i get older im wanting to have a horse just like butch, butch was the best horse ive ever seen and i just want the horse i get to look exactly like butch and be just like him and this information on horses have really helped me to get more info about the magnificent animals so thank u so much AshleyNikole

kilian 4 years ago

i love horses im a 7 yaer older i wish i had a black beauty and i would name her flaku and i love the movie flaku .

emily 4 years ago

how fast can horses run

kick ass 4 years ago

i love horses but still all the other peeps comenting are just weird

kijik 4 years ago

horses are the most beautiful creatures ever!i'm going to get some.

autumn 4 years ago

i like the morgan

Rishitha 4 years ago

I actually loved the way your web site conveyed the nature and the features of different breeds of horses in a very good and a convenient language .I am a student of x grad ,

I am very interested in horses and I got a very good chance to differentiate the breeds of horses

tnks for this information.I go for horse riding classes twice a week in reins riding school ,I love horses to the core and I wish a best of luck to all horse lovers In this world :)........................

Mizo 4 years ago

wow Nice article

I love horses very much :)

But where is the Arabian horse ??!!!

It's The most beautiful horses in the world.

sd 4 years ago

wow u guys are grrrrrrrrrr

bianca 4 years ago

all the horses and ponys i wish i could have them all

annalyn 4 years ago

osum informatio thanks!

i love horses

Kendra 4 years ago

I love the information! I am looking for a horse for sale. Do you recommend a certain breed?

Emily 4 years ago


Will you add more horses?

p.s i love horses

Millie 4 years ago

I love horses xxx add Thoroughbreds and some some others please xxx great page :)

axel 4 years ago

horses rock

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cowgirls 4 years ago

i would love it if you woud add some more black and white and bay horses I am the most crazeyest person towards horses i cant ever hurt one lol i love them sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo MUCH

horse luver amoz 4 years ago

i lv horse sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooomuch i no it dose not really matter how many ow i put in its with the fact tht i luv them sooo much we now hv 2 foles from our shayers megan and brambel more 2 com cant waitttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt :)........:)........:)

hope 4 years ago

that is cool

Brennan 4 years ago

I love horses I have tained about 5 horses in my life.I have about 18 horses of my own that I buy food for them.They are some fine horses.These horses yall people are putting on the internet are really fine horses.

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brianna 4 years ago

i love horses.!!!!!!!!!!!! any type i love them!!!!!!!!!

paige 4 years ago

luv this

ABBAS 4 years ago

IAM lovely horse riding my horse is love

lilly 4 years ago


uriel 4 years ago

You have a lot of typos.

Keri 4 years ago

Wow,That rocky mountain horse is beautiful.Im surprised i haven't herd of it befor.I love horses and people wouldn't really think that.People see me more as a screamo type scene chik,But as my mom and dad say "Im country from the heart".

Indra 4 years ago

Wow , the horses are lovely and beautlful . I Like so much horses .

natasha 4 years ago

is is amazing i love the rocky mountain horse we have lots of horse at home

Mr handez 4 years ago

but is some one need a good specie of horse endeavor to contact me directly at my email, handezrouis@yahoo.com , we are horse breeders..waiting to hear from you

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Rach 4 years ago

i love all horses! Right now i am training a pony, she is a mix and she is scared of cars (she thinks they are going to eat her!) We saved her when she was really little but now she is 3 years old and loves to be tooken out. Sometimes she gets out cause she is really smart at opening things and if it is a clip she will break the clip in half i don't know how she does it, but one time she let the other pony into her pasture to play with her it was really cute!

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bob 4 years ago

i like horse

kaka 4 years ago

I am 10 years old. I am looking for a horse that is really beautiful!

susan 4 years ago

I want a black stallion too

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ThePen-ismy-Sword 3 years ago from anywhere i please

Here is a little history lesson. Cortez was from Spain not Mexico. Mustangs were brought to America with Cortez when he conquered Mexico. They were domesticated but when the Spaniards left they did not take the horses with them. They left them to roam the lands.

brittanie 3 years ago

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ThePen-ismy-Sword 3 years ago from anywhere i please

As do I. They are my favorite animal

Axmed sh Saleebaan Ducaale 3 years ago

so I like the Horses even i like to see where ever i go, do you have another kinds of Horses?

Jenna 3 years ago

Horses are my favorite animal

Katie 3 years ago

Put the piebald on there they are my fav!!!!!!!!!!!!!

我很爱马 3 years ago

Wow! horses are awesome! even if horses are just normal and not really extraordinary, i see something very special in them. i really hate it when people whip their horses so hard, they bleed, or when they do tail docking to them or send sick, old, helpless horses to a slaughter house for money. this is animal cruelty. i can't believe people bear to hurt these wonderful animals. i hope they stop. :(

alexia morales 3 years ago

Thanks!!! I had a project on horses u saved my life frm me getting an F

mitisha 3 years ago

my horse looks like a dalmashton dog

Katika 3 years ago

Horses are amazing creatures I love horses my favourite is an Appaloosa

Secret 3 years ago

Horses are great! I love riding them at camp Wakonda! Woohoo!

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john 2 years ago

i love horses

Connie muse 7 months ago

is that an Appaloosa or a Knabstrabber?

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