Horse Breed: Gypsy Cob - image via Mark J. Barrett - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Horse Breed: Gypsy Horse

Name of breed: Gypsy Horse (also called the Gypsy Cob, Gypsy Vanner, Irish Cob, Romany Tinker and Traditional Cob) Origin: Great Britain and Ireland Breed origin: The Gypsy Horse was originally bred by Irish Travellers and Great Britain’s Romani Travellers to pull the wagons in which they lived and travelled. These wagons, often known as […]

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Horse breed: Colorado Ranger

Name of breed: Colorado Ranger, or Rangerbred Country of origin: United States of America Breed origin: The Colorado Ranger is named for its homeland, the Colorado High Plains in the USA. The breed’s story begins in 1878, when General U.S. Grant visited Sultan Abdul Hamid of Turkey. As a token of their friendship, the Sultan […]

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Litang Horse Racing Festival, Sichuan Province, China - photo by Xinhua/Jiang Hongjing - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Litang Horse Racing Festival

For the Tibetan people, horses are a significant part of their daily lives and culture. Multiple breeds (including the Tibetan pony and the Riwoche) have been developed to suit the various needs of the people, including food, riding, racing and load-bearing. For the Khampas, a nomadic group of Tibetans who still live more or less […]

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Horse Breed: Kazakh - photo via Tribes.World - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Horse Breed: Kazakh

Name of breed: Kazakh Horse Country of origin: Kazakhstan Breed origin: The Kazakh horse dates back at least as far as the 5th century, when it already had a large population. Its ancestors were wild horses of the steppe, but the breed was later refined and selectively bred by the Kazakh people, who primarily live […]

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Horse Breed: Aegidienberger - photo by Gaedingar Group - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Horse Breed: Aegidienberger

Name of breed: Aegidienberger Country of origin: Germany Breed origin: The Aegidienberger was developed in Germany by crossing the elegant Peruvian Paso with the the hardy Icelandic Horse. The first Aegidienberger was bred in the 1980s by a man named Walter Feldmann and his son, Walter Junior. The aim was to breed ‘a natural tölting […]

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Horse Breed: Marismeño - photo by David Rengel - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Horse Breed: Marismeño

Name of breed: Marismeño Country of origin: Spain Breed origin: The Marismeño is an endangered breed, and one of the oldest in Europe. It is native to the marshlands of the Guadalquivir River in Andalusia, Spain. Current populations exist mostly within the Doñana National Park, a 543 km2 nature reserve of marshes, sand dunes and shallow […]

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Mari Lwyd, the Scary Welsh Christmas Horse

Yep, it’s as weird as it sounds – no, weirder, actually. The Welsh Christmas-time tradition of Mari Lwyd involves a hobby horse made by mounting a horse’s skull on a stick, with a white sheet decorated with ribbons and bells concealing the man beneath, who animates the horse. The Mari Lwyd, the white mare, is […]

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Horse Breed: Selle Français - Haras de Hus - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Horse Breed: Selle Français

Name of breed: Selle Français, also known as the Cheval de Selle Français Country of origin: France Breed origin: Like most warmblood horse breeds, the Selle Français was developed with a mixture of different and diverse breeds. In the 19th century, Norman breeders imported Thoroughbreds and Norfolk Trotters, crossing them with their native stock. These […]

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Jerez Horse Fair

If you are visiting Spain in May – maybe even to experience our rides in Andalusia or Catalonia, or the Dressage Ride – then you MUST visit the Jerez Horse Fair! This festival is an annual event in Andalusia, the southwest region of Spain, homeland of the gorgeous Andalusian horse. Thousands of visitors flock to […]

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Horse Breed: Dole - Solveig Johanne Rasmussen Photography - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Horse Breed: Dole

Name of breed: Dole, but it’s also known as the Dølehest, Dole Trotter, Dole Gudbrandsdal, Ostlandhester and Norwegian Trotter. Country of origin: Norway Breed origin: The Dole is the largest of Norway’s four native horse breeds. It originated in the Gudbrandsdal valley in the east of Norway and while organised breeding only began in the […]

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Horse breed: Criollo

Name of breed: Criollo, sometimes called the Argentine Criollo Country of origin: South America – Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Paraguay Breed origin: The Criollo is synonymous with the gaucho (the horseman and cowboy of the pampas) – the saying goes that a gaucho without a horse is the same as a man without legs. The Criollo’s […]

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Horse Breed: Dales Pony

Name of breed: Dales Pony, or simply Dales Country of origin: United Kingdom Breed origin: A native mountain and moorland pony from the Yorkshire Dales of England, this breed was originally developed as a pack pony for the lead industry, which flourished in the region from Roman times until the mid-19th century. Teams of nine […]

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Horse Breed: Cleveland Bay

Name of breed: Cleveland Bay Country of origin: England Breed origin: The Cleveland Bay is England’s oldest breed of horse, although the Cleveland Bay Horse Society and studbook was not formed until 1884. It is also the last remaining pure breed of warmblood! The origins of the Cleveland Bay predate any written records of its […]

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Horse Breed – Belgian Draught Horse

Name of breed: Belgian Draught Horse, also called the Belgian Heavy Horse or simply the Belgian. Country of origin: Belgium Breed origin: The Belgian Draught Horse is a breed from the Brabant region of modern Belgium. Many believe it is descended from the destrier – the best-known Medieval war horse. Regardless, it is certainly true […]

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Horse Breed: Welsh Pony and Cob - Bellingara Stud - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Horse Breed: Welsh Pony & Cob

Name of breed: Welsh Pony and Cob Country of origin: Wales Breed origin: The Welsh Pony and Cob is technically four closely related breeds, all of which developed in Wales. There is evidence to suggest that a Welsh-type pony existed before 1600 BC, and these ponies were certainly well-established by the time the Romans reached […]

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Horse Breed: Australian Pony - Tracey Bavinton - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Horse Breed: Australian Pony

Name of breed: Australian Pony Country of origin: Australia Breed origin:This flashy little breed has a history that coincides with European settlement in Australia. When the First Fleet anchored off the Australian coast in 1788, nine horses were brought ashore. These, plus the horses in the fleets that followed, formed the basis of many of […]

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Horse Breed: Warlander - Irene Hohe / Warlander-Franken - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Horse Breed: Warlander

Name of breed: Warlander Country of origin: Many! Breed origin: The Warlander was developed by crossing Friesians with purebred Iberian horses – typically Andalusians, but Lusitano and Menorquín bloodlines are also allowed. Although the Warlander wasn’t recognised as a breed until the late 20th century, the crossing of Friesian and Iberian horses has a history […]

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Ride Like a Girl

In 2015, Michelle Payne became the first female jockey ever to win the coveted Melbourne Cup. Ride Like a Girl is her story.  Far more than a feel-good horsey flick, far more than a rags-to-riches Aussie battler tale, Ride Like a Girl is a story about family, equality, and sheer grit. I saw it with […]

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Horse Breed: Vyatka

Name of breed: Vyatka, or Viatka Country of origin: Russia Breed origin: The Vyatka is named after the river of the same name that flows through the region of Kirov Oblast in western Russia. The Vyatka horse was developed in this area, which was once also known as the Vyatka region, between the 14th and […]

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Horse Breed: Nonius

Name of breed: Nonius Country of origin: Hungary Breed origin: This heavy-boned warmblood breed is named after its foundation stallion, Nonius, an Anglo-Norman horse who was captured in France during the Napoleonic Wars and brought back to the Hungarian State Stud. Nonius was either a plain-looking horse or a living collection of conformation faults, depending […]

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Horse Breed: Tersk

Name of breed: Tersk Country of origin: Russia Breed origin: The Tersk horse was developed from the 1920s to 40s at the Tersk and Stavropol studs in the North Caucasus mountains in Russia. The Tersk Military Stud was established in 1921, in the aftermath of the Russian Civil War, in order to restore Russia’s much-depleted […]

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