When I was a little girl, I was obsessed with horses. I had multiple horse-themed calendars and wanted to become a veterinarian. When I was fourteen years old, I went to a horseback riding camp. One of my favorite stuffed animals ever has been a Webkinz horse I named Diamond. I grew up with horse-themed books. Here are my top five favorite horse breeds ever.
5. Spanish Mustang. Spanish Mustangs are strong and beautiful horses. They are known for their stamina, endurance, and long-distance abilities. Most of them are brown, black, beige, or gray in color, with some being multicolored. Such elegant equines. They remind me of the movie titled Spirit. I wish there were more films and novels with gorgeous, powerful horses and ponies as the protagonists. Hopefully there will be one about Spanish Mustangs.
4. Morgan Horse. Who else remembers the book Justin Morgan Had a Horse by Marguerite Henry? The Morgan Horse was named after Justin Morgan, who received a Massachusetts-born stallion as a debt payment in 1792. These elegant equines are very versatile. They are even the state horse of Vermont as of 1961 and state horse of Massachusetts as of 1970. Such well-deserved praise. That earns the breed 115,813 amazing points.
3. Thoroughbred. I remember this breed being prevalent in equine-themed literature that I read during my younger years. These lovely creatures are known for being fast, bold, spirited and agile. Their beautiful, chiseled heads and long necks is what makes them extra elegant. It’s no surprise that they are present in horse-themed writing!
2. Arabian Horse. These handsome horses are versatile and full of stamina. They are used in competition, leisure riding, and ranch work. They are successful in competition, for example, an Arabian horse competed for team Brazil at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. In addition, the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Poland, Spain, France, and the United Arab Emirates have strictly-Arabian themed competitions.
Not only that, but they are used in equine therapy. I also find them to be such stunning horses that I adore looking at. They are wonderful horses, but there is one horse breed I adore more.
1. Clydesdale Horse. When I hear “Clydesdale horse” I think of the Budweiser brewery. These horses are absolutely beautiful, with their brilliant brown coat, wonderful white faces, and finely feathered feet. They also have a calm demeanor whilst also being energetic equines. They are also strong, durable creatures.
When I was in the fifth grade, I got to see the Budweiser Clydesdale horses in person. I remember one horse named Deputy. The horses were absolutely stunning, and I loved the experience very much. These horses are amazing and elegant, and that’s why they’re my favorite horse breed of all time.
HONORABLE MENTION: Shire Horse. Just the name of these horses alone is enough to make me think of the Lord of the Rings films and The Hobbit movie trilogy. Like Clydesdale horses, they are easy-going and they were once used in the brewery delivery industry. Today they are used for forestry and leisure riding. Such beauty and versatility. Hopefully one day I’ll get to ride one.
HONORABLE MENTION: American Paint Horse. I see these horses as gorgeous, colorful animals. They are used for competition and leisure riding. This breed reminds me of a song I learned for an elementary school music class called “Old Paint.” I strongly believe that that song, as well as the Paint Horse breed, is what made me interested in horses.
HONORABLE MENTION: American Indian Horse. What’s really fascinating is that these horses can be classified into five registration categories: Class O (Original), Class A, Class AA, Class M (Modern), and Class P (Pony). In addition, they are not allowed to be bred for drafting purposes. In addition for being for horse shows and speed events, they are used for trail and leisure ridings. They sound so elegant and I want to protect them at all costs.
Do you have a favorite horse breed? Do you enjoy riding horses? Let me know in the comments below.