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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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Name of breed: Gotland Pony or Gotland Russ Country of origin: Sweden Breed origin: The Gotland Pony or Gotland Russ as it’s also known, is the most common breed of pony in Sweden. They are claimed to descend from the Tarpan breed that lived on the small island of Gotland that was on the South-Eastern […]

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Name of breed: Marwari Horse Country of origin: India, most notably the Marwar region Breed origin: A rare breed of horse from the Marwar region of India, the Marwari Horse is descended from native Indian ponies that were crossed with Arabian horses, and possibly with some Mongol pony influence. The traditional rulers of the Marwar […]

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Name of breed: Oldenburg (also known as Oldenburger) Country of origin: Germany Breed origin: The Oldenburg is a type of warmblood which can be traced back to the 17th century in the German provinces of Oldenburg and East Friesland. Their initial development as a coach horse was, in a fairly large way, due to the […]

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Name of breed: Camarillo White Horse Country of origin: USA Breed origin: This rare breed of horse developed in the early 20th century and can be traced to a single foundation sire named Sultan. Known as a ‘Stallion of a dream’, Sultan was of Spanish descent and bright white with brown eyes. Born in 1912, […]

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Name of breed: Dales Pony Country of origin: United Kingdom Breed origin: A native mountain and moorland pony breed from the UK, the history of this breed is linked to the history of lead mining in the Dales area of England, with iron ore, fuel for smelting, and finished lead all being carried on pack […]

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Name of breed: Black Forest Horse Country of origin: Germany Breed origin: As the name suggests, the Black Forest Horse developed in the Black Forest in Germany’s Baden-Wurttemberg region as far back as 600 years ago. Originally bred for working purposes (in the forestry regions and on farms), these horses were indispensable to generations of […]

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