1. Irish Cob. These horses are quite small and immediately recognisable with their almost fairy tale-like manes and luxuriant hair covering their hooves, ‘feathered heels’. Their politically incorrect name in the US, Gypsy Vanner comes from their association with the nomadic Roma and Pavee peoples who traditionally used them. The breed is rather gentle but very powerful. They were used for many years as work horses which is one of the things that has made them so strong over the numerous generations. They tend to be piebald or skewbald.
2. Arabian. There’s a great many reason why the Arabian horses are probably the best known breed in the world. Firstly, they have been around for centuries and as long as 1000 years ago they were being talked about the world over. They were in fact partly responsible for the rapid success of the Arab Conquests. Being so fast, intelligent, and trainable it’s no wonder they are still a cherished breed today.
3. Mustang. Along with the Arabian, Mustangs are probably one of the best known breeds all over the world. They come from the American West and are synonymous with that region and it’s Wild West image that gave birth to the entire genre of The Western. As wild horses they are now easy to tame, but once a relationship as been forged they become incredibly loyal. Their adventurous spirit and wild past makes them ideal creatures for trail rides and being out in the wilderness for days on end.
4. Andalusian. These horses are almost universally loved and have been for centuries and centuries. As the name suggests they hail from southern Spain. Because they are such an ancient breed their lineage is somewhat shrouded in mystery as it’s not sure if they are older than Arabians or if they share a common ancestry. Regardless of their origins they are easy to train and are extremely hard-working animals. Beyond that they reward riders by being extremely affectionate and are very much in tune with their riders’ moods. A perfect breed for the first-timer.
5. Brumby. These horses are really for people with a lot of riding experience. Although they are one specific breed, they come from a very diverse and wild background and as a result don’t tend to have very homogenous personality as is the case with many other breeds. However, it can be said that, like other wild breeds, they tend to distrustful of humans and never give up their wild spirit! But they are extremely intelligent animals and are perfect for riding in wilderness.