Amazing horses that are so beautiful and unique you won’t believe they’re actually real from curly-maned horses to a golden horse
6. Newfoundland Pony
The Newfoundland pony is yet another horse breed that features a small stature. Their breeding dates back to colonial stock and they were farm horses historically. In fact, they dabbled in most tasks around the farm including plowing, riding, and driving carts. They are also very resilient and could survive the harshest of winters.
They stand at 11 to 14.2 hands tall and weight between 400 to 800 pounds. Its good temperament, loyalty, obedience, strength, and endurance make it a suitable workhorse. Estimates have it that only about 400 of these ponies still exist the world over with an average lifespan of 25 to 30 years.
5. Camargue Horse
Originating from the southern France Camargue area, this ancient horse breed is relatively unknown. The horse is also considered amongst the world’s oldest and the wild horses have lived through centuries. They are thought to have stamina, agility, hardiness, and intelligence.
The horses usually feature a grey color with a black skin underneath their white coats creating the stunning color. They are also small horses standing at 13 to 14 hands tall, but their general strength lies in equestrian games. The horses also perform well as long-distance riders and for dressage.
4. Sorraia Mustang
The name translates to “ownerless beast” because the Sorraia horses descend from the Spanish or Iberian horses that were later moved to North, South and Central America during the 16th century. The U.S. government classifies the breeds as feral creatures. Regular roundups take place in the US West where the ownerless horses are then sold to owners who can domesticate the animals.
They are not the rarest on this list, and estimates have it that around the 19th to the 20th century one million of these Mustangs existed in the U.S. However, their population significantly declined when many farm owners killed the roaming horses in bids to protect their livestock. The horses come in the most significant variety of colors and sizes with some unique and spectacular blonde coat and blue-eyed Mustangs in existence. They have quite strong hooves and can survive on very little food.
3. Appaloosa/Friesian Crossbreed
Some horse breeds come about as some “mad scientist” cross-breeding experiments, and that is what happened with the Appaloosa/Friesian horse. The horse breed has its origins in the Netherlands and is known for its characteristic long tail and mane with graceful and unique movements.
They also feature distinguishable leopard-style spotted coats, and one of the popular ones is white colored with black spots. Most are predominantly Friesian with 25% Appaloosa genes. The much known Mystic Warrior is a stud that carries the “grey gene” known as the leopard complex. The genetic marker makes the horse gain a lighter color over time. In fact, Mystic Warrior had a black coat with black spots as a foal which gradually transformed into a white skin with black spots.
2. Knabstrupper
Going as far back as 1671, the Knabstrupper has its roots in Denmark, and they are also referred to as “The Tiger Horses.” However, after 1750 the royal horses were no longer bred, but their breeding continued in 1812 with a new bloodline. They were crossbred with a Spanish mare giving birth to the spotted breed currently in existence.
The horse is easily mistaken for the Appaloosa/Friesian breed because they share the similar leopard spotted markings. However, the Knabstruppers feature differing spotted markings, and some might have solid ones while others have the leopard-style markings. It was not until 2002 when the breed made its way to America. Besides being showjumpers and used in dressage, the horses are also good agricultural working animals.
1. Golden Akhal Teke
This horse could be considered the “Midas” of horses because it looks much like a bronzed statue. The horse comes with the shiniest of coats which appears metallic against the glare of the sun. It is the national emblem used by Turkmenistan where the horse originates. Roman literature dating back to 3000 years ago mentions the racehorse. The horse has a fantastic trot because each hoof steps down individually and alternates to two diagonal feet on the ground.
Their shiny coat comes from the scientific nature of their hair shaft, which takes on the shape and characteristics of a scale. The breed is prone to the Foal Syndrome that comes about as a result of a lethal recessive gene. The foal born with this condition often do not make it past a few weeks after birth. Besides their beauty, the horse is also revered for its size, strength, and speed. The breed can survive extreme conditions with documented accounts of the horses covering 2,500 miles just in 84 days back in 1935. It is said that the journey included a 235 mile stretch over a desert where the horses went without water.