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post #1 of 45 Old 10-09-2019, 11:04 PM Thread Starter
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Breeds in your area?

What horse breeds are usually seen near you? Where I live, quarter horse is synonymous with horse. When someone asks what your horse is, you say the color because you both know it's breed.
It's amazing for me to hear about people who have, say, morgans and have a saddlebred breeder across the road as I have never actually seen a non-quarter horse in a normal, non-show environment. Quarters are great and all, but the lack of variety gets monotonous.
(we have three breeds around here if you count paints and appaloosas, but as the kind around here are basically quarter horses in pretty colors).
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post #2 of 45 Old 10-09-2019, 11:39 PM
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Because I am in ranching country, it's quarter horses but lots of other breeds and breeders here. Several warmblood ranches, had a German riding pony farm but they moved to South Carolina, have a Morgan ranch, Canadian breeder, unfortunately our Arab breeders all retired. Might be a few more I don't know of.
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post #3 of 45 Old 10-09-2019, 11:55 PM
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Quarter Horses are popular with the roping crowd. TB crosses (often with QH) for ranching. TBs and some Criollos for the polo. And daughter just picked up a Morgan for herself.

A few warmbloods, but mostly TBs for the hunter/jumper folks, too.
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post #4 of 45 Old 10-09-2019, 11:58 PM
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Here in Alabama Tennessee Walking Horses are the #1 breed, for trail riding and showing. QH would probably be second in numbers. Saddlebreds would be third and used more in the show ring.

TB are also very popular, for all things English and also barrel racing. Appendix QH is a popular cross.

Quite a few Arabians too.

Many, many warmbloods in the show ring and high end barns.

Mules are popular and usually see one or two on the trails. There is a Hafflinger breeder in the area, and also appaloosa and mini breeders. Even have a couple Friesian studs in neighboring towns.


Rocky Mountain and Kentucky Mountain horses are becoming more popular too. A few Morgan Horses, show and trail riding.
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post #5 of 45 Old 10-10-2019, 12:57 AM
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From what I've seen in our area I'd say QH and paints are the most common, grade paints especially.

Mustangs are becoming more popular with Yakima foals and Oregon mustangs all around.

Azteca/Andalusian/Freisian/Lusitano horses are very prized and typically sell for a lot around here but they aren't as common as other breeds.

TWHs are definitely the gaited breed of choice and Thoroughbreds are sometimes available but mostly off the track from Seattle gone to auction.

We also have lots and lots of Arabians.
You see the occasional warmblood, draft, appy, or morgan as well.

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post #6 of 45 Old 10-10-2019, 01:47 AM
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I live in "The Cradle of Walking Horse" Country -- literally in their birth/foundation area:)

I have trail ridden my entire life and have ridden Walking Horses since 1990; still have two. They are excellent trail horses and have an amazing amount of stamina on the trail. While that's a surprise to many, it wouldn't be if non-Walking Horse owners realized their Foundation Mare of Record is a Morgan:)


Some Walking Horses are also good at team penning. While I never team penned, my heart horse (RIP Duke) had amazing cow sense and quickly figured out what he needed to do when the neoghbor's cows got out years ago:)

My area also has gaited mules, which bring a hefty price for a good gaiting one; add more dollars if it's "lit up" in terms of color:)

Spotted Saddle Horses are gaited and also very popular. In the very beginnings they were shorter, stockier and supposedly void of any Walking Horse blood. That is not the case in modern times but they still maintain their own registry --- making things confusing for some, who wonder what the difference is between a Spotted Walker and a Spotted Saddle Horse. Some years back a good friend in PA owned a true Spotted Saddle Horse. He barely made 14H and was stout, as the original Spotted Saddle Horses were. He was one tough little trail horse:)

Rocky's and Kentucky Mountain Horses are not common in my area but popular in Kentucky. Surprisingly I have heard of more Paso Finos.

With the massive influx of new population in Middle Tennessee, Quarter Horses have become pretty popular. All of a sudden new riders think they can barrel race and run out to get a barrel horse -- which ends in disaster for the horse much of the time.

There are newer Hunter/jumper barns thirty or so minutes SW of Nashville so TB's have some presence over there:)

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post #7 of 45 Old 10-10-2019, 02:03 AM
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Lots of Thoroughbreds and Australian Riding Ponies. Mostly crossbreds though, registered purebreds are usually only ridden by the showy types. We also see a few Friesians, and I've seen Quarter horses for sale but I've yet to see one irl. Also brumbies, but only cos' I know trainers.
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post #8 of 45 Old 10-10-2019, 04:11 AM
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In the UK we have a great diversity of breeds, the most common for children are the Welsh Sec A and Bs, New Forest and Dartmoors. As for the others they are usually a mix breed of one sort or another.
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post #9 of 45 Old 10-10-2019, 05:21 AM
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Mmm yeah we don't have the greatest variety in Montana. Lots of stock horses - quarter horses and Appaloosas mostly. I grew up in Paintville and always wanted an Appy, then I move here and there are Appys on every corner and very few paints. Surprisingly enough, there are minis everywhere. And ponies. They look like Shetlands to me but I'm not up on my pony breeds. You'll find a few drafts here and there, mostly Belgians or Percherons. Shockingly, despite the fact that we've got a Shire breeder close by you can't find a Shire to save your life. Pretty sure I've got the only one in the state lol; they must usually get sold to other areas. Every once in a while you'll see an Arabian, or a TWH. Here lately I've been seeing a lot of mules and donkeys, too, of all sizes.

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post #10 of 45 Old 10-10-2019, 05:41 AM
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Another from Alabama. Different part of the state. Here stock horses are where the numbers are at. Mostly QH but Paints are aren't lacking in numbers. TBs are well represented. There are quite a few Warmbloods and draft crosses. Lots of miniature donkeys and the larger as well mostly put out with cattle. Not too many mules or full drafts. I have Belgians and there are a pair of Hafflingers belonging to one of my child's friends. There were Freisians in the northern part of the county. The gaited horse though is the McCurdy. The only TWH I have seen were those in sale ads. Not saying they aren't here but I haven't ever seen one in person in this area. I'm sure there are others breeds around but they aren't numerous.
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