Five Popular Horse Breeds

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Popular Horse Breeds Around The World


The Andalusian breed of horses is also known as the Pure Spanish Horse or PRE, which stands for Pura Raza Española, an acronym based on the area the horse is from. Andalusian horses are from the Iberian Peninsula. This distinguished breed has been known for its expertise as a war horse, and is celebrated for its nobility. During  Though historically the bred saw reduced herd numbers in the 19th century due to warfare, disease and crossbreeding, their numbers have since recovered. In fact, in 2010 there were over than one hundred and eight five thousand registered Andalusian horses all around the world.


The Appaloosa is a horse breed found mostly in the northern Americas. This horse breed is known for its colorful spotted coat pattern, which occur in a wide range of body types within the breed. This type of coat variety comes from the influence of many other breeds of horses throughout its history. Each horse’s color pattern is genetically the result of various spotting patterns developing over one of several recognized base coat colors. Appaloosas are great horses and tend to be healthy, however they are apt to get equine recurrent uveitis and congenital stationary night blindness.


The Arabian or Arab horse (Hasan in modern standard Arabic) is a breed of horse that originated on the Arabian Peninsula. It is often said in the horse community, that the Arabian is the more easily identifiable horse in the world. This is because of the bred’s distinctive head shape and high tail carriage. There is archaeological evidence of the Arabian dating back to the Middle East that resemble modern Arabians from over four thousand years ago. This makes the Arabian one of the oldest breeds in existence today. Arabian bloodlines are found in almost every modern breed of riding horse.

Miniature Horse

A variety of many miniature horses are found all over the world, though they are more common throughout Europe and the Americas. Heights of this breed differ depending on the particular breed variety, but on average it is usually less than thirty-four to thirty-eight inches. Miniature horses are generally bred to be friendly and to interact well with people.


All Morgans trace back to a stallion named Figure form West Springfield, Massachusetts in 1789. The horse later came to be identified by the name of the owner, Justin Morgan. Figure passed on his distinctive looks, conformation, temperament, and athleticism to his children that we know today. The exact pedigree of Figure and the Morgan horse is widely unknown, although extensive efforts have been made to discover his parentage. For more information on horse breeds in Colorado, contact Colorado Horse Property today.

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US State Horses

State Horse

State Horses

It is no secret that the states in America have different state symbols. Apart from having specific state flags, there are also state seals, flowers, trees. A few states even have a state coat of arms. Some have state animals—birds, butterflies, insects, and fish. And yes, some states have state horses; twelve states to be exact.

The first state horse was designated in the state of Vermont in 1961. The most recent induction of a state horse occurred in 2010, when both North Carolina and South Carolina declared state horse breeds. Aside from the twelve states that have picked their state horse, Oregon and Arizona have both had proposals to induct this new type of state symbol but have neither chosen which breed to represent them yet. In the state of North Dakota, the state horse is called the “honorary state equine.”

The Alabama state horse breed in the Racking Horse, which is well known in the southern United States for its ambling gait. Florida recently designated the Florida Cracker Horse as its state horse in 2008. The Florida Cracker Horse was first brought to what is now Florida in the 1500s by Spanish explorers, and it played a large part in the development of the state’s cattle and general agriculture industries. For more state horses and horse facts, check out our new Colorado Horse Information page.

No Colorado State Horse

Though Colorado is a big horse state with a lot of beautiful horse property for sale, it has yet to have named a state horse. What horse breed do you think should be Colorado’s state horse? Weighing in on the subject, Colorado Horse Property suggests The Colorado Ranger. The Colorado ranger horse (or ranger bred horses) is a breed of horse that comes from the High Plains region of Colorado. The Colorado Ranger Horse was started by Mike Ruby. Ruby is a Canada-born horseman, specifically from Ontario. Check out our blog to find out more information on The Colorado Ranger Horse.

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The Colorado Ranger Horse

Colorado Ranger Horse

Colorado Ranger Horse

The Colorado ranger horse (or rangerbred horses) is a breed of horse that comes from the High Plains region of Colorado. To the east of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado are the Colorado Eastern Plains/High Plains, the section of the Great Plains within Colorado at elevations ranging from 3,500 to 7,000 feet (1,100 to 2,100 metres). Unlike many other types of horse breeds, Colorado ranger horses are not bound to any specific color pattern. This is to say that the horses that make up this breed appear in a multitude of different colors, color schemes and pattern styles, including black, spotted “leopard,” chestnut and gray.

The Colorado Ranger Horse was started by Mike Ruby. Ruby is a Canada-born horseman, specifically from Ontario. The breed got its start from two of Ruby’s horses; a Berber and Arabian horse, which means that the Colorado Ranger Horse is a mix of these two species of equine. In the 1930s, Ruby showcased two of the new breed’s young male horses at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado. The pair of horses sparked a lot of attention and the rest is history.

Given that the breed isn’t defined by a specific color or identifying pattern, it can be difficult to classify a horse as a Colorado Ranger. The best way to identify a Colorado Ranger is through proof of heritage from the pedigree documentation that goes all the way back to the initial two horses. Physically, descendants of the breed have sturdy and sinewy physiques, with particularly strong back legs. Colorado rangers are usually about sixty inches tall from hoof to ear-tips, though some horses of this breed are shorter or taller. For more information on the Colorado Ranger Horse or how to find a horse-person realtor in Colorado, contact Colorado Horse Property today.

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