Here’s a list of unique breeds of horse developed in the past hundred years or more.
Centuries ago, horses were very important animals for farm works and transportation and communication. These animals have also played vital roles in some historic battles. Napoleon Bonaparte, Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan and others might have not become great conquerors without their horses.
Because of modern technologies, horses have decline in importance. Most horses can only be seen now in some parks (for horse back-riding), horse racing or in some horse-related sports like equestrian and polo. Here’s a list of unique breeds of horse developed in the past hundred year or more.
The heavy-coated and short-legged Shetland Pony is from Shetland Isles. It ranges in size from a minimum height of approximately 28 inches to a maximum height of 42 inches. It is considered quite intelligent and very strong breed of pony use for riding, driving, and pack purposes.
Black Forest Horse
Like the Shetland Pony, the Black Forest Horse with a flaxen mane and tail, is kind of shy horse in literal sense because its face is covered by long hair. It is also called the Black Forest Cold Blood or Schwarzwälder Kaltblut, a draft horse breed from southern Germany.
It has a short head, strong neck, well laid back shoulders, wide croup and expansive gaits and stands from 14.2 to 15.3 hands high (148-160 cm) and weighs approximately 500 kg. It has very strong hooves and joints.
The long-lived and hardy Icelandic Horse is one of the most unique-looking breeds of horse from Iceland. The breed is popular outside of Iceland, with sizable populations in Europe and North America. They are still used for traditional farm work in Iceland, as well as for leisure, showing and racing.
The free-moving and long-striding breed called Ardennes or Ardennais is one of the oldest breeds of draft horse. It originated from the Ardennes area in Belgium, Luxembourg and France. They are heavy-boned with thick legs and are used for draft work. Their history reaches back to Ancient Rome, and the breed was instrumental in Napoleon’s Russian campaign. Today, Ardennes is used mainly for heavy draft and farm work.
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