20 Most Popular Horse Breeds in the World

The world’s most popular horse breeds may surprise you … or not.

There are so many horse breeds that it would take an entire book to cover the subject. A breed for every purpose, horses come in all shapes, colors, and sizes.

Yet, despite the stiff and extensive competition, a number of breeds have become consistent favorites among equestrian circles, such as the Gypsy Vanner and the Arabian. While we can’t give you a cheat sheet for all of them, here are some of the most common.

1. Arabian

The Arabian horse has long been a favorite the world over. Hailing from the Arabian Peninsula, this breed is easy to spot with its distinctive head shape and high, proud tail carriage.

It is thought to be one of the oldest breeds, and is known for its spirit and endurance. Arabians are used today in many disciplines, including western, saddle seat, and even dressage.

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