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  • How to learn the different breeds of of horses

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    10-09-2013, 12:54 PM
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Foal
Wink I need to learn the difference!

I need to learn the difference of horse breeds and how to tell what breed it is by looking at it. At least some basics. Does anyone know a site or can they explain a few to me? Thanks so much.
     
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    10-09-2013, 12:58 PM
  #2
Green Broke
Honestly, the only way to know for sure is to see the horse's papers

But you can go to the breed registries for the most common breeds (AQHA, APHA, Arabian, Jockey Club, etc.) and read up on their breed standards to get a good idea.
     
    10-09-2013, 01:00 PM
  #3
Showing
There are literally hundreds of different breeds of horses and ponies in the world today, so it's unlikely you'll be able to determine each and every breed just by looking at them.

Are there any in particular you're interested in learning about? If so, study them via books, their breed registry, and of course by looking at live animals. You'll eventually be able to recognize similar traits in particular breeds.

Arabians are easy, although not all of them have those seahorse profiles. They have enough similar characteristics that those of us who own/prefer them can pick one out easily.
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    10-09-2013, 05:29 PM
  #4
Foal
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Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
There are literally hundreds of different breeds of horses and ponies in the world today, so it's unlikely you'll be able to determine each and every breed just by looking at them.

Are there any in particular you're interested in learning about? If so, study them via books, their breed registry, and of course by looking at live animals. You'll eventually be able to recognize similar traits in particular breeds.

Arabians are easy, although not all of them have those seahorse profiles. They have enough similar characteristics that those of us who own/prefer them can pick one out easily.
Thank you. I ride an Arabian and he has the personality and looks of one.
     
    10-10-2013, 04:10 PM
  #5
Foal
Every breed has different confirmation, for example, when I saw my neighbors horse, the large butt made me think quarter horse but the size and shape of her head made me think Fox Trotter and when I broke down and asked him, he told me she was a cross of both! I was so ecstatic that I was right. Read books about confirmation google the first few breeds you want to learn and just keep that up, you will learn! Arabians are easy cause they have a 'dished' face and a very high tail dock. Good luck
     
    10-10-2013, 04:29 PM
  #6
Green Broke
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.
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    10-10-2013, 07:51 PM
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Foal
Saskia is right on the money! That's the best way to go.
     

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