You might have heard someone refer to what type of horses any number of horses are, light breeds, sport breeds, draft breeds. It all sounds like a science, but once you know what to look for, understanding the different breed types is easy as can be!
Light breeds are a common type of breed that includes one of the oldest breeds in the world, the Arabian. The light breed category is made up of horses that are similar in type to the Arabian and also in most cases, carry a lot of the same ancestors. Breeds like the National Show Horse, Barb and Akhal Teke are commonly considered light breeds.
Gaited breeds are a close cousin to the light breeds, these horses are known for their additional gaits that they show off in the show ring. Horses like the American Saddlebred, Tennessee Walking Horse and the Rocky Mountain Horse are all considered gaited breeds because of their unique gaits only known to their breeds.
The Sport Breeds are a group of horses known for their athleticism and endurance. All Warmbloods are considered sport breeds as are Thoroughbreds and breeds like the Selle Francois. These horses excel at events such as show jumping, eventing and dressage.
Stock Breed horses are horses that we often associate with working cattle stock on ranches. These working horses are known for their calf roping, barrel racing and working the ranch. The Quarter Horse, Appaloosa, Paint and unique breeds like the Australian Stock Horse are all considered stock breeds.
Ponies are an easy type to distinguish because it is the only type that is determined by size. Ponies stand less than 14.2 hands and are popular mounts for children and adults alike! The Welsh Pony, Shetland Pony and Chincoteague Pony are all examples of these little horses with big hearts!
Last but certainly not least are the gentile giants known as the Draft Type. These horses were bred for their size to work on farms pulling wagons and other hard work. Clydesdales, Shires and Percherons are all draft breeds that we recognize today.
No matter what type of horse you love, they’re all unique from one another for one special reason or another! Do you collect a certain type of horse? Pay attention the next time you pick out a horse at Golden Oak Stables, you may notice a pattern!