British shetland ponies but they have to be the true shetland type ie really chunky. The reasons I love them are the are so cute have great personalities and try their best even though they are really stubben. And a shetland can never be bad it is just the shetland personaliyt
A horse that has LOTS of mane and tail, a horse that comes in every color and pattern (including all overos, appaloosa, and tobiano), a horse that doesn't need shoes or grain, a horse that has great endurance, a cowy horse, a tough horse, a smart horse, a short horse, a colonial spanish horse.
A horse brought from Spain. Carried conquisidors, change life for Native Americans, a buffalo runner, a war pony, the horse that made the native american tribes the finest light calvary at the time, that held off the government until they started utilizing these swift horses, this horse the first cow pony of the American west, the progenerator of almost every american breed such as the Quarter Horse, the Paint, the Appaloosa, and several American gaited breeds, this horse that was shot by the government and almost crossbred out of existence... The Spanish Mustang, the Spanish Barb, the Indian Pony, the Cayuse, whatever you may call him...
I'm in love with the Colonial Spanish Horse!
Sundowner (Jack Slade x Esperanza) at the Cayuse Ranch
I just love how they look from head to toe. They have awesome manes and tails, that beautiful Spanish head and neck, I don't know when I look at them something just seems right about the way they look. Plus they come in every color and pattern and combination! Appy, tobi, frame, splash, sabino, roan, champagne, just everything!
To-Bulls (Cimarron x Dos-Equis) formerly of Arrowrock Spanish Mustangs
I also love how tough and versatile they are. Honestly, a 100 mile endurance race is nothing for these horses. I love how they can jump, work cows, turn heads in dressage, reining and endurance. They're just a good all-rounder!
Rowdy Yates (Jack Slade x Esperanza) and Vickie Ives of Karma Farms
And of course I love their history, there is something about owning THE horse that found America THE horse of the Native American war pony and buffalo runner, the first cow pony, the pony express horse that just makes me proud.
Chief Going Streak (Choctaw Ricochet x Swinging J's Going Streak), a pure Choctaw gaited Stallion, owned by Bryant Rickman
I also love the fact that they are such easy keepers (my mare doesn't need grain) with super great feet. Many are gaited, also. As for genetic diversity, even though this breed is critically endangered they are one of the only horse breeds left with no Arabian and no Thoroughbred blood, and no genetic diseases! They are a very old breed, that can be traced all the back before Spain had horses and some of the horses now have pedigrees tracing back to 1750. There is so much to love, I could go on and on and on.
Chisto and Rebecca Gilpatrick of the Choctaw Ranch
I adore Thoroughbreds. As the OP noted they're very honest. I also love their extremely varied temperaments--my Jones has what my trainer calls a laid-back "warmblood" temperament while another TB at the band is a little spitfire! Plus they look so athletic and just... beautiful!
QH's and will probably never own anything but a QH, or a QH type of horse. I've worked with others, but can never get myself to really enjoy anything but a QH. I like their laid back nature, ease of trainability, athleticism, and work ethic. With my experience with them, they have some of the least issues of any horses including having very small needs in terms of diet, never coming up lame, never getting sick, etc. And I can't get over the look of them!! They're by far the best looking horses in my eyes, but I still really do enjoy looking at more flashy breeds such as the Andalusion, Freisian, etc. but one of those breeds would never fit my needs as a trail rider that sometimes likes to travel 25 miles in one day.
Saddlebreds and Gypsy Horses. Rather diverse breeds I suppose.
I love the Saddlebreds for their love of their owners, their elegant looks, their upheadedness, their gaits and their beautiful, intelligent heads.
I love the Gypsies for their unplappable and sweet temperaments. Their lovely chunky bodies, their huge array of colours, their enormous manes and tails and wonderful feather. Their work ethic cannot be surpassed. I like the fact they can be a great mount for youngsters and oldsters alike.
I have owned many breeds, but these would be my favourites.
QH's and will probably never own anything but a QH, or a QH type of horse. I've worked with others, but can never get myself to really enjoy anything but a QH. I like their laid back nature, ease of trainability, athleticism, and work ethic. With my experience with them, they have some of the least issues of any horses including having very small needs in terms of diet, never coming up lame, never getting sick, etc. ....
I'm with you on the QH/Paint/Appy stock horses. Low maintenance, easy keepers that you can just get on and ride anytime, anywhere, and in any weather.
I LOVE Arabians! I love their beauty, grace, energy, personality, the whole package. I love really high energy horses....I don't really know why. There is just something about having to hold back a a huge amount of energy and power. I don't like riding push button horses (although they are nice to ride once and a while).
I also like the coloring of the Paint so I have the perfect combination with an Arabian/Paint cross!
^^ Bella looking a fluff puff as usual :P
I love seeing her pictures.
Ok my favorite breeds,
Tbs I love becacuse of their personality just riding them. I have ridden a morgan x since I started riding and her strides are short and relaxed. I rode my first tb like two weeks ago and their strides are huge and its just not something that I feel good on. I like Fjords kinda too. But my favorite -drum roll- is ..... -2 hours later- .... mmm..... I love hanos. I love the way they move. Even though they have strides like tbs ( or at least my trainer's does ). I think they are gorgeous movers and there just ya know great eventing horses. Anyway but My favorite ever is a appy or paint because my favorite sweet horse is a Amber. And my other sweet horse is a retired saddlebred. He is not like a saddlebred. Anyway, I like that saddlebred, but others are a little too wild for me.