Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
As a kid I had these huge breed books that I would read through obsessively. They had all these obscure breeds that I never have seen in real life. However, they have all the common ones too.
You learn the characteristics of each breed, and even though they vary a lot you get a bit of an idea. Like if I see a Quarter Horse I might notice their typical shortish head and a wide forehead, which some have. Or the shape of their hindquarters and length of back. If I see an arab I might look for the slightly concave head, the straight short back, their tail carriage and expressive gaits. I'll see the fine "framed" look of the Thoroughbred, with long legs and faces, the light athletic builds. They're just little things that pop out at you. Looking at pictures of breeds, as well as real horses, reading breed characteristics, and then you'll just pick it up.