Many of you may not realise that some of these beautiful and rare horse breeds exist. Therefore, we’ve decided to compile a list of some of our favourites. Let us know in the comments below if you feel we should add any rare horse breeds to this list.
Rare Horse Breeds
Akhal Teke Horse
The Akhal-Teke horse breed originates from Turkmenistan and they are considered one of the oldest existing horse breeds. There are roughly 6,600 of these beautiful horses in the world, mostly in Turkmenistan and Russia, but some can be found in Europe and North America. They are known for their distinctive metallic sheen, as well as their speed, endurance and intelligence.
Black Forest Horse
Originating in Southern Germany, the Black Forest Horse (also known as the Schwarzwälder Kaltblut / Black Forest cold blood) was nearly at the brink of extinction in the 1970’s. There are roughly 1,000 of this rare horse breed in Germany. They are known for their beautiful flaxen manes as well as their sensible temperaments and friendliness.
The ancient Camargue horse is from the Camargue area in southern France. Although the Camargue horses origins are relatively unknown, it’s thought to be one of the oldest horse breeds in the world. They have lived in the wild for centuries and are considered to be intelligent with great stamina, hardiness and agility.
Exmoor Pony Horse
Native to the British Isles (Southwest England), the Exmoor Pony is an endangered horse breed with an estimated population of 800 worldwide as of 2010. Some people claim that this rare horse breed has been purebred since the ice age, others disagree. Not only is this horse breed super cute, it’s used for a variety of equestrian activities and is well known for its hardiness and endurance.
The Marwari Horse breed is from the Marwar region of India and is most well known for it’s inward ears. It’s also known for its hardiness. The horse breed is used for riding, packing, light draught and agricultural work. Since 2008, temporary travel visas for the Marwari Horse breed have been available in small numbers.
Norwegian Fjord Horse
Also known as the Fjord Horse, the Norwegian Fjord Horse is small but strong and comes from the mountainous regions of Western Norway. It’s used as a farm horse and is known for its good temperament and distinctive look, with its stunning natural mane.
Best known for its unusual beautiful coat, the Danish Knabstrupper horse breed is used in general riding, carriage horses and the circus. They also do well in dressage and show jumping. It has been crossbred with other horses and its uncertain if any purebreds remain. Today Knabstrupper horses are bred all around the world, not just in Denmark.
Bashkir Curly Horse
Although highly debated, curlies are thought to have originated in North America. Also known as American Bashkir Curlies or a Curly, Bashkir Curly Horses have a unique hypoallergenic coat of hair, with striking resemblance to the poodle / labradoodle dog breed. They are known for their reliable, friendly, intelligent, calm and hard-working personalities and they have great stamina. They are used in dressage and show jumping and have proven to make fantastic first horses for beginner riders.
Also known as the Gypsy Cob and Irish Cob, the Gypsy Vanner Horse is a small horse of solid build and is usually piebald or skewbald. From 1850 travelling peoples of Britain and Ireland used this type of horse to pull their vardos (horse-drawn wagon). In the United States, this horse breed is used by amateurs and youths in many equestrian sports.
We know we said 10, but you can’t get enough, right? Here’s another one of our favourite rare horse breeds!
Falabella Miniature Horse
Perhaps the cutest of them all, the Falabella miniature horse is one of the smallest horse breeds worldwide. They are seen as intelligent and easily trainable. They are shown in-hand at horse shows and are used for riding by small children.
We hope you have enjoyed reading through some of the most beautiful and rare horse breeds in the world. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.