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breeds may have multiple listings, such as the Mustang
(under Feral and Light
Horse). Several have multiple listings under the various countries. However, only the native country will be listed at the foot of the breed page. Also, I hope to have a separate page for every breed eventually, even ones that
no longer exist as such.
I have not yet decided where to put ones like the mule and donkey, so for now their info will be listed here. The tallest documented mule is Apollo. He foaled in 1977, measures 19.1 hands, and is the offspring of a Belgian mare crossed with a mammoth jack.
is a great deal of controversy over the actual role of the heavy horse in
ancient times, particularly the Middle Ages. Some believe that they
were developed as war horses, large enough to carry the weight of their
own armor as well as an armed and armored rider. The
"Great Horse," as this giant was called in England, was a
descendant of the so-called Equus robustus, the largest of the original types and
native to Europe. (The existence of such a type of horse would not
pre-suppose macro-evolution.) The Flemish horse was bred from this ancient type,
and it became the basis for later draft breeds; its modern equivalent is
horse. The Belgian,
in turn, was used by the French to breed their Norman horse and most draft
breeds developed from this foundation. (It is also noteworthy that not all
scholars subscribe to the belief that the "Great Horse" was really so
great...it is quite possible, the medieval knights being small men, that
they were no bigger than the Friesian
In addition to the fact that the Albino as a breed is generally called
the American Albino, it is also noteworthy that there has also been
mention in the past of the American Buckskin and the American Cream.
The Paint and Pinto have also been titled American in the past.
Among the "Anglo-" horses also there are those with which we are less
familiar--for example, the Anglo-Argentine, a South American cross
between the native Criollo and the Thoroughbred, which is popular as a
are small horses that come in a great variety of sizes, conformations, and
personalities. Some pony strains trace back to antiquity, while
others are even now being developed by breeders. Though their size
(14.2 hands and under) makes them suitable for children, they should never
be pampered as pets. A pony thrives on a hardy life and--if
possible--the company of its own kind.
Cob: A name applied to various types (not breeds) of riding horses
of sturdy build, generally described as being short-legged and of large
girth. The Welsh Cob, however, is a definite breed, of two types,
used for riding and for draft, respectively.
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