10 Horse Breeds You Will Not Believe Exist
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Over the centuries, man has domesticated different animals. Of these animals, very few have as much use as the horse. It has moved from just an ordinary farm animal and means of transportation to a beloved companion. With hundreds of different horse breeds around the world, there are a couple of them that will leave you astonished and in awe. Here are 10 Horse Breeds You Will Not Believe Exist. Be sure to watch till the end, as Number 1 is not one to miss.
The Falabella is a small Argentine horse that rarely stands above 32 inches in height. It is one of the smallest horse breeds in existence. The Falabella is not considered a pony but rather a miniature horse due to its bloodlines. The breed is healthy for its size, and most Falabellas can be ridden by small children and pull small carts. Falabellas are hardy, intelligent, docile and trainable, with balanced conformation and a refined appearance. Their legs are strong, and their body is slim yet compact. Falabellas can be in many different colours, including pinto and leopard-spotted, although black and brown are the most common. It’s estimated that there are a few thousand purebred Falabellas scattered across the world. They are used for various purposes, including mounts for small children, therapy horses, guide animals for the vision impaired, and showing in-hand and under a harness. They are just as content being companion animals as they are in the show ring.
The Sorraia is an ancient breed of horse native to southern Iberia. They are thought to be the last remnant population of the indigenous wild horses that roamed southern Iberia. Palaeolithic art images depict equines with a distinct likeness to the Sorraia and similar zebra-like markings. Studies are currently being undertaken to discover the relationship between the Sorraia and various other wild horse breeds, including the recently-extinct Tarpan and other breeds stemming from the Iberian Peninsula and Northern Africa. The Sorraia horse is small but hardy and well-adapted to the often harsh conditions in which it evolved. Sorraias are known as easy keepers, thriving on very little feed and needing little human intervention to remain healthy. They have an independent nature, but once bonded with their rider; they are loyal, willing and versatile mounts. Sorraias are usually dun or a dun variation called grullo. Primitive markings are common, including a black dorsal stripe, black-tipped ears, horizontal striping on the legs and a dark muzzle. Sorraia horses have bi-coloured manes and tails, with lighter coloured hair fringing both sides of the longer-growing black hair. Sorraias are very rare; there are less than 200 left in the world today.
Widely believed to be one of the oldest surviving and purest horse breeds, the Akhal Teke is a descendant of the ancient Turkmene horse that originated from Asia and was used by nomadic tribes as a warhorse. Written records of the Akhal Teke horse have been kept since 1885. The first studbook for Central Asian breeds was published in 1941 and included 287 Akhal Teke stallions and 468 Akhal Teke mares. In 1975, the Akhal Teke horse was recognised as a pure breed. The Akhal Teke horse can be found in bay, black, chestnut, grey, palomino, or dun with black points and often has white markings on the face and legs. The coat has a distinctive metallic sheen to it due to a unique structure of the hair; this lends it the nickname “Golden Horses”. The Akhal Teke is intelligent and quick to learn, very sensitive, gentle and often develops a strong bond with their owner making them a «one-rider» horse. Akhal Tekes can also be spirited, stubborn and bold. The horse is used as a general riding horse as well as a competition horse. Akhal Teke horses around the world have performed well in dressage, showjumping, eventing and endurance, whilst in Russia and Turkmenistan, they are also used as racehorses.
BASHKIR CURLY HORSE
Also known as the American Bashkir Curly, the Curly is a breed of horse that comes in all sizes, colours and body types. Despite all these differences, they all carry a gene for a unique curly coat of hair. The unique gene that gives Curlies their curly hair can be expressed minimally, maximally, extremely or any variation in between. The summer coat shows a slight wave in it, but not as extreme as the winter curls. Curlies are known for their calm, intelligent and friendly personality. They are highly trainable and personable and love being around people. They are also claimed to be the only hypoallergenic breed of horse.