The Rare And The Beautiful

By  | August 4, 2017 | Filed under: Interesting Facts, News

Humans domesticated horses some 6,000 years ago, and over time, we have created more than 200 breeds, from the powerful Clydesdale to the graceful Arabian. As we have shaped horses to suit our needs on battlefields, farms, and elsewhere, these animals have shaped human history. They have also captured our imagination and hearts.

All horses are beautiful…here are some of the rarest and most beautiful horses of the world:

The Golden Akhal Teke

The Golden Akhal Teke

This horse is beautiful enough to be a bronzed statue! With an unbelievably shiny coat that appears to be metallic in the sun, the Akhal Teke is the national emblem of the country of Turkmenistan. Not surprisingly, it’s known as the golden horse.

The Friesian/Appaloosa Crossbreed

The Friesian/Appaloosa Crossbreed

The Friesian cross (also Friesian/x and Friesian Sport Horse) is a horse breed produced by crossbreeding the Friesian horse.
The breeding of Friesian Crosses has become increasingly popular in the United States, with various registries often being created to recognize certain specific crosses. Friesian crosses may be considered sport horses (suitable for the sports of dressage, combined driving, eventing, and jumping), or they may be considered pleasure horses.

Knabstrupper

Knabstrupper

Knabstrupper horses were bred in Denmark as far back as 1671 when they were called “The Tiger Horses.” In 1750, this royal breeding line came to an end.  The spotted horse returned in 1812, not as the “Tiger Horses,” but with a new bloodline. A mare was purchased of Spanish origin with unusual markings. Her colt was the foundational Sire for the new spotted breed.

The German Black Forest Horse

The German Black Forest Horse

The Black Forest Horse, or the “Schwarzwälder Kaltblut,” is a rare draft horse breed originating in Southern Germany. All I know is that his mane and tail PERFECTLY compliment his super shiny coat.

 The Blue Roan Gypsy Vanner Horse

The Blue Roan Gypsy Vanner Horse

Easily recognized for their leg feathering and common black and white or “piebald”coat color, the Blue Roan version of the beautiful Gypsy horse is considered most rare.

The Chocolate Silver Dapple Pinto

The Chocolate Silver Dapple Pinto

Lush locks and an extraordinarily bold coat make this horse a regular show-stopper, but perhaps most unique are the star-shaped dapples on his front end.

The Friesian-Gypsy Vanner Crossbreed

The Friesian-Gypsy Vanner Crossbreed

From about 1850 travelling people in the British Isles began to use a distinct type of horse to pull their vardos, the caravans in which they had just begun to live and travel. The colour and look of the breed were refined in the years after the Second World War. Horses of this type were first exported to the United States in 1996.

The Sorraia Mustang

The Sorraia Mustang

While not as rare as some of the other horses on this list, this cremello is a blonde beauty. The Sorraia is a rare breed of horse indigenous to the portion of the Iberian peninsula, in the Sorraia River basin, in Portugal. The Sorraia is known for its primitive features, including a convex profile and dun coloring with primitive markings.

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