Unique Horse Breeds

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.

Shetland Pony

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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

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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.

Icelandic Horse

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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.

Ardennes Horse

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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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  1. cute little horses

  2. Some beautiful horses in this article, well written and informative as always.

  3. Beautiful horses and a well written as well as informative article.

  4. Excellent article nobert .The Iceland Horse looks very similar to the Newfoundland Pony. Very enjoyable and informative article.

  5. I really enjoy all of your unique and odd finds – thanks!!!

  6. Anything with horses does it for me – lovely article

  7. very informative.
    I’ve rode a horse just ones. it was a wonderful experience.

  8. Excellent varieties of horses,well done.

  9. I used to ride a miniature horse! his name was brownie…he was soo stuburn!

  10. Wonderful article. I love horses.

  11. Norbert, these are beautiful horses. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Two thumbs up for the horses’ beauty and your work.

  13. Good article. Beautiful horses.

  14. this is a nice collection Nobert.. thanks for sharing..

  15. Great to see and learn about these horses.

  16. How beautiful

  17. awesome horses…

  18. love horses
    love pics
    using this site for homework
    LOVE IT!!!

  19. Oh my goodness! I love horses sooo much and want one soo bad! And these pictures have shown me to strive toward the goal of getting a horse. I don’t take lessons or have a horse but when I grow older I am determined to get one. Whether its a Shetland, Fell Pony, Buckskin or Knabstrup or any type of horse, I just want to get one. I will keep going and striving toward a horses and the dream to become a vet.

  20. i’ve never seen most of this horses… until now… and here.

  21. Miniature horses are so cute!

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