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    The Connemara pony takes its name from a rugged and remote part of Ireland situated on the west coast. The origins of the Connemara are not clear. Some believe that the pony derives from wild native stock crossed with Andalusians that swam ashore from shipwrecked vessels from the Armada. Other sources suggest that the pony is much older than that and dates back to the time of the...

    The word Cob is used to describe in general terms, a small horse with short legs that is slightly heavy and coarse of build i.e. lacks any Thoroughbred breeding, and with a strong musculature.  However, it is more complicated than that. There are really three sorts of cob, one is a type and two are breeds. And they are:-   1.     The Welsh Cob or Secti...

    The Hanoverian horse is arguably the most successful and well known of all the German warmbloods perhaps even of all the European warmblood breeds.  It is an iconic sports horse noted for its fine conformation, athletic ability and performance record; as a modern athlete to compete in either dressage or show jumping, you could not want for more.   The Hanoverian is more modern...

    The Oldenburg may perhaps be described as the most powerful of the German ridden breeds, particularly in comparison to, say, the Hanoverian. The breed was established in the 1600s almost solely by one man, Count Anton Gunther von Oldenburg, who was a notable dressage rider and from whom the breed derives its name, in the Grand Duchy of Oldenburg. Originally there were Friesian influences w...

    The Irish Draught as its name suggests, began life as a working horse in Ireland and is their national horse. It originated as a much smaller animal called the Irish Hobby. As in other quarters of Europe, there had been a need for many hundreds of years, for a weight carrying animal that could be used as a beast of burden, an animal of war and a servant of agriculture. The original heavine...

    The American Quarter Horse was purpose bred for a specific discipline and it is this job which gave the horse its name. The horse originates from Virginia and was bred for racing. Due to a lack of proper racecourses in Virginia, the early horse racing was carried out on dirt tracks called “race paths” which were effectively just areas hacked out of the wilderness. The race paths wer...

    Is the Palomino a breed or a colour? Well, like the Appaloosa, it is probably both. There are some breeds that feature the palomino coat colour amongst other colours such as the Welsh breeds or the Haflinger, where palomino is almost the dominant colour.   The palomino arrived in America from Spain and, as with many golden objects, it had a lure, desirability and a cachet which onl...

    As the Shire horse was the agricultural engine of the southern, shire counties, the Clydesdale was its northern counterpart. The Clydesdale originated in Lanarkshire in the eighteenth century, it is a relatively new breed therefore compared to some. The old name for Lanarkshire was in fact Clydesdale, hence the breed title.   In the nineteenth century and during the industrial revo...

    This breed of horse has become increasingly popular in the UK, and for a rather strange reason.  In more recent times, there has been a resurgence in demand for horse-drawn hearses and there is no better fine funeral horse than a Friesian or even a pair of Friesians. Complete with black plumes on their heads and often dark purple or black tabards across their backs, these horses will take ...

    Is there any heavy horse breed more iconic than the English Shire Horse. Referenced in history as far back as Elizabethan times, it was called the Great Horse of England then, the name Shire horse being a more modern derivation and referring to the areas of England where the horse was perhaps most prevalent, the Shire counties in the centre of England.  The north of course has its own equi...

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