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Name of breed: Holsteiner Country of origin: Germany Breed origin: The Holsteiner horse breed originated in the Schleswig-Holstein region of northern Germany, with its windswept coastal marshes and rich, wet soil that could dry out and turn concrete-like in a matter of hours. It is thought to be the oldest of warmblood breeds, tracing back to the 13th century […]

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Name of breed: Misaki Pony Country of origin: Japan Breed origin: The Misaki is a critically endangered Japanese breed of small horse and is one of the eight native horse breeds in Japan. The Misaki Pony comes from the Miyazaki Province where they still run wild in the Cape Toi meadows and in 1953 they became a Japanese National Natural Treasure. […]

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Name of breed: Irish Draught Country of origin: Ireland Breed origin: The history of the Irish Draught dates back many hundreds of years with a distinct Spanish connection. The class of Spanish horse introduced was the Andalusian Barb and was brought to Ireland’s shores in the 16th Century. It also has been thought that the […]

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Name of breed: Murgese Country of origin: Italy Breed origin: The Murgese horse originated in the Murge, Apulia area of Italy during the period of Spanish rule. It is thought that the breed developed by crossing imported Barb and Arabian horses with native horses, including the famous Neapolitan horse. The breed was extremely popular as […]

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Name of breed: Groningen Country of origin: The Netherlands Breed origin: A Dutch horse breed developed for light draft and agricultural work, the Groningen is closely related to heavier warmblood breeds including the Friesian, East Friesian and Alt-Oldenburger. Horses like England’s Cleveland Bay were also used during the breed’s initial foundation, ultimately producing a horse […]

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Name of breed: Pottok or Pottoka Country of origin: Basque Country in France and Spain Breed origin: Considered an ancient breed of horse, the Pottok is now endangered, due mainly to habitat loss, increasing mechanisation and cross breeding. Considered iconic by the Basque people in France and Spain, there are many differing accounts on the […]

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Name of breed: Jutland Horse Country of origin: Denmark Breed origin: Named after the Jutland Peninsula which forms the western part of the country of Denmark, the origins of the breed are not fully documented, although some evidence points to their ancestors being used by the Vikings during the early 9th century. The first mention […]

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Name of breed: Kathiawari Country of origin: India Breed origin: A breed of horse from the Kathiawar peninsula in Western India, the origins of the breed are unknown although it is closely related to the Marwari horses of Rajasthan. Originally bred as a desert war horse for use over long distances in terribly rough terrain and […]

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Name of breed: Sable Island Horse Country of origin: Sable Island (an island off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada) Breed origin: The Sable Island horse is a type of wild horse found on Sable Island, an island located off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada. Although popular legends claim that these horses swam ashore […]

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Name of breed: Kaimanawa Country of origin: New Zealand Breed origin: Kaimanawa horses are a population of feral or wild horses in New Zealand that are descended from domestic horses released from sheep stations and cavalry bases in the 19th and 20th centuries. It was in 1876 that the first wild horses were recorded in […]

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