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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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Name of breed: Boerperd Country of origin: South Africa Breed origin: A modern breed indigenous to South Africa, the Boerperd is said to have originated from the Cape Horse of South Africa or the ancient Boer horse. The origins of the Cape Horse trace back to the horses imported from Java to southern Africa in […]

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Name of breed: Bardigiano Country of origin: Italy, native to the Emilia Romagna region Breed origin: The Bardigiano is a small breed of horse from the Emilia Romagna region of Italy. It is thought that the Bardigiano is descended from horses ridden by Belgian Gauls who invaded Italy during Roman times, the same ancestor thought […]

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Name of breed: Azteca Horse Country of origin: Mexico Breed origin: First developed in Mexico in 1972 from a blend of Andalusian, American Quarter Horse and Mexican Criollo bloodlines, the Azteca horse breed then spread to the United States where the American Paint Horse blood was added. A man by the name of Antonio Ariza […]

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Name of breed: Sorraia Country of origin: Indigenous to the portion of the Iberian Peninsula, in the Sorraia River basin, in Portugal. Breed origin: Thought to be the last remnant of wild horses that lived across most of the Iberian Peninsula, there are many different theories as to the origins of the Sorraia horse. Studies […]

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Name of breed: Breton Horse Country of origin: Brittany, a province in northwest France Breed origin: There are a few differing opinions as to how the Breton horse developed. One theory suggests they were brought to Europe by Asian migrators some four thousand years ago. Another theory is that they were initially bred by Celtic […]

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Name of breed: Rocky Mountain Horse Country of origin: USA Breed origin: Despite its name, the Rocky Mountain Horse didn’t develop in the Rocky Mountains, but in the state of Kentucky in the Appalachian Mountains. A single foundation stallion brought to the area as a colt is the sire of the Rocky Mountain Horse breed. […]

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Name of breed: Spotted Saddle Horse Country of origin: United States of America Breed origin: The Spotted Saddle Horse developed in Tennessee, when Tennessee Walking Horses and Missouri Fox Trotters were crossed with pinto ponies of Spanish ancestry. Eventually, these were crossed with larger American breeds such as the Standardbred and Morgan to increase their […]

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