Horse Breeds

The world of horse breeds

Have you ever wondered how many horse breeds there are? - Unfortunately, there is no concrete answer to this question. According to current estimates, there are around 200 different horse breeds. In order to divide the breeds into different groups, four different types have been defined: Thoroughbreds, cold-blooded horses, warm-blooded horses and ponies.

What are the differences?

: The group of thoroughbreds includes the English Thoroughbred, the Arabian Thoroughbred and various Arabian-type subspecies. They are famous for their hot temperament and insane speed. Originally, Thoroughbreds were bred as fast hunting horses. Nowadays, the thoroughbred breeds are mainly used in racing. Here they reach speeds of more than 60 km/h and have a great urge to move.

: Today, warmbloods are the number one breed among leisure horses. In terms of physique and temperament, this type of horse is halfway between thoroughbreds and cold-blooded horses. Probably the best-known warmblood breed is the Hanoverian. He is so popular because he is the all-rounder among the warmbloods. Whether dressage, show jumping, eventing, driving or leisure riding - the Hanoverian is successfully represented in every branch of equestrian sport.

Cold-blooded horses
: They are also called "the gentle giants", because cold-blooded horses are characterised by their good-natured and patient character. Cold-blooded horses are particularly sturdy and heavy horses that were bred almost exclusively as draught animals and workhorses because of their endurance and strength. Unfortunately, many cold-blood breeds are threatened with extinction today. These include, for example, the Schleswiger and the Russian cold-blood.

: Small but OHO. ? Not all ponies are the same - in Germany, a distinction is made between two types: Between 1.30 m and 1.48 m, horses are not called ponies, but small horses, and only when the height at the withers is less than 1.30 m do we speak of a pony. Ponies and small horses are particularly suitable for children and riding beginners. They are considered robust and sometimes somewhat stubborn. A popular pony breed is, for example, the Shetland pony, while German riding ponies and Icelandic horses, for example, usually fall into the size range of small horses. By the way, Icelandic horses belong to the group of gaited horses. This means that they have one or more special gaits in addition to or instead of the basic gaits walk, trot and canter. With Icelandic horses, the special gait is called "tölt".

Now that we know how the horse's roads roughly divide, of course, the question arises: Which horsebreed is the most popular?

For this we have the once Top 10 The most popular horse assets assembled.

  • Shetlandpony
  • Quarter Horse
  • Haflinger
  • Hanoverian
  • Icelandic
  • German Riding Pony
  • Westphalian
  • Welsh pony
  • Friesian
  • Oldenburg

Minis with maximum cuteness factor

Now we want to turn our attention to the mini-stars among the horse breeds.

Unfortunately, the smallest heartbreaker did not make it into the top 10 most popular horse breeds - the Falabella. Falabella ponies are considered to be very intelligent and lovable ponies that are especially known for their friendly and people-oriented nature. Due to their small size, Falabellas are of course not suitable for riding, but they are popular as show and carriage ponies.

By the way, the smallest pony measured was only 30.4 cm tall. Crazy, isn't it?

Big, bigger, SHIRE HORSE!

The Shire Horse belongs to the group of cold-blooded horses. With a maximum mass of more than 1200 kg and an average height at the withers of 1.78 m, they are the largest horse breed in the world. In the middle of the 19th century, the largest Shire Horse in the world was the gelding Sampson with a height of 2.19 metres.

The right horse brushes for the individual wishes of your four-legged favorite:

For the sporty thoroughbreds, such as the Arabian, the Basic Set is ideal, which turns the daily horse grooming routine into a feel-good experience.

The horse breeds of the warm-blooded Hanoverian, Friesian and Quarter Horse delight with their smooth coats and well-groomed manes. The Careflex set contains various horse brushes that ensure that the horse's coat retains its special shine.

In addition, the mane brush is recommended here to care for the great mane beautifully and to provide a healthy basis for braiding the mane.

Among the cold-blooded horses, the Shire Horse with its long mane and long fetlock makes some riders' hearts beat faster. The Deluxe set offers, among other things, a hoof brush that allows for a smooth fetlock hang and a mane brush that brushes the magnificent mane with ease.

For the fuzzy sweet ponies, it is usually necessary to thoroughly clean the long hair coat. In this case, Shetland ponies, Icelandic horses, German riding ponies and Fjord horses are particularly happy about the massage curry comb, which is available in the Premium Set along with other horse brushes of the complete cleaning. Haflingers in particular do not want to miss an additional mane brush, which can tame their beautiful mane and conjure up a sweeping styling.

By the way: the great saddle pad above in the photo as well as many other innovative horse care products are available here.