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Overo Lethal White Syndrome in Horses
Overo Lethal White Syndrome (OLWS) in Horses: Causes, Signs & Genetic Testing Camryn McNeill, B.B.R.M. | March 15, 2024 | Breeding, Breeds, Conditions, Foals, Horse Health

The overo pattern is one of three coat patterns in American Paint Horses (APHs) recognized by the American Paint Horse Association (APHA), along with Tobiano and Tovero. Among Overo variations, the fr...

Breton Horse Breed Guide
Breton Horse Breed Guide: Characteristics, Health & Nutrition Caroline Cochran, BSc. | April 3, 2024 | Breeds

The Breton horse is a French draft breed from Bretagne, or Brittany, a province in northwest France. There are three types of Breton horses: the Postier Breton, the Central Mountain Breton, and the He...

Appendix Horse Breed Guide
Appendix Horse Breed Guide: Characteristics, Health & Nutrition Caroline Cochran, BSc. | February 20, 2024 | Breeds

The Appendix horse is a mixed breed produced by crossing an American Quarter Horse with a Thoroughbred. The cross is also known as an Appendix Quarter Horse. Appendix horses can become eligible for pe...

What is a Grade Horse
Grade Horse Guide: Characteristics, Health & Nutrition Caroline Cochran, BSc. | January 30, 2024 | Breeds

A grade horse is any horse with unidentifiable or unknown parentage. These horses also include unregistered equines with mixed breeding. Grade horses don’t have a uniform breed type, and characteris...

Oldenberg Horse Breed Profile
Oldenburg Horse Breed Guide: Characteristics, Health & Nutrition Caroline Cochran, BSc. | January 30, 2024 | Breeds

The Oldenburg, or Oldenburger, is a well-known warmblood breed from Lower Saxony in Germany. Oldenburgs are famous sport horses commonly used for dressage and show jumping. This breed profile will dis...

Selle Francais Horse Breed Guide
Selle Francais Horse Breed Guide: Characteristics, Health & Nutrition Caroline Cochran, BSc. | January 30, 2024 | Breeds

The Selle Francais is a sport horse breed from France, best known for their talent in the show-jumping arena. Selle Francais horses also compete at the elite level of dressage and eventing. This breed...

Hot-Blooded vs Cold-Blooded vs Warm-Blooded Horse Breeds
Hot-Blooded vs Cold-Blooded vs Warm-Blooded Horse Breeds Caroline Cochran, BSc. | January 23, 2024 | Breeds

Horse are often classified into three main groups based on their temperament and physiology: hot-blooded, cold-blooded, and warm-blooded. But what do these horse types mean and what is the difference ...

Pinto Horse Breed Guide
Pinto Horse Breed Guide: Characteristics, Health & Nutrition Caroline Cochran, BSc. | January 23, 2024 | Breeds

Pinto horses are a recognized colour breed in North America. Unlike some colour breed registries, the Pinto breed organization accepts horses with diverse and undocumented ancestry. Registered Pintos ...

Cob Horse Breed Guide
Cob Horse Guide: Breeds, Characteristics, Health & Nutrition Caroline Cochran, BSc. | January 30, 2024 | Breeds

Cobs are small draft-type horses known for their hardiness and versatility as recreational riding mounts. The cob isn’t a distinct breed. The term refers to a common body type in several popular hor...

Swedish Warmblood Breed Guide
Swedish Warmblood Breed Guide: Characteristics, Health & Nutrition Caroline Cochran, BSc. | January 22, 2024 | Breeds

The Swedish Warmblood is a sport horse breed that originated at the state studs of Sweden. While less popular than some warmbloods from mainland Europe, many Swedish Warmbloods excel at the top level ...

Mules and Horse Hybrids
Mule Care & Management Guide: Characteristics, Health & Nutrition Caroline Cochran, BSc. | April 2, 2024 | Breeds

Mules are an equid hybrid produced by crossing a female horse and a male donkey. Enthusiasts claim mules combine the best of both species, offering the strength, endurance, and patience of the donkey ...

Hairless Horse Breeds
Hairless Horses: Breeds, Genetic Disorders & Causes Caroline Cochran, BSc. | December 20, 2023 | Breeds

Hairlessness is rare in horses. While selective breeding produced several hairless breeds in other domestic animals, no truly hairless horse breeds exist. There are anecdotal accounts of hairless hors...

Most Popular Horse Breeds
Top 14 Most Popular Horse Breeds in North America – [List] Caroline Cochran, BSc. | December 20, 2023 | Breeds

There are hundreds of horse breeds found around the world, each uniquely adapted to their local environment and their role in human society. These breeds vary widely in appearance, size, and conformat...

Przewalskis Horse Profile
Przewalski’s Horse: Characteristics of the Last Remaining Wild Equid Caroline Cochran, BSc. | December 15, 2023 | Breeds

The Przewalski’s horse is an endangered equid native to the steppes of Central Asia. Named after the Russian explorer Nikolai Przewalski, who first described them in the late 19th century, these hor...

List of Gaited Horse Breeds
Gaited Horse Breeds Guide – Characteristics, Health & Nutrition Caroline Cochran, BSc. | December 8, 2023 | Breeds

Gaited horse breeds have the natural ability to perform ambling gaits not observed in other equines. While different breeds have unique gaits, most gaited horses share a common genetic mutation linked...

Carolina Marsh Tacky Horse Breed Profile
Marsh Tacky Breed Guide: Characteristics, Health & Nutrition Caroline Cochran, BSc. | April 8, 2024 | Breeds

The Carolina Marsh Tacky is a critically endangered horse breed native to the low country of South Carolina. These horses belong to a group of Colonial Spanish breeds descended from Iberian horses bro...

Draft Horse Breed Profile
Draft Horse Breed Guide: Characteristics, Health & Nutrition Caroline Cochran, BSc. | December 22, 2023 | Breeds

Draft horses are heavy breeds originally developed as working animals. Selective breeding for size and strength produced equines that are significantly larger than most modern riding breeds. Some hist...

Dutch Warmblood Horse Breed Profile
Dutch Warmblood Breed Guide: Characteristics, Health & Nutrition Caroline Cochran, BSc. | December 6, 2023 | Breeds

The Dutch Warmblood is a sport horse breed that is managed by the Royal Warmblood Horse Studbook of the Netherlands (KWPN). The breed is highly regulated to ensure the quality and performance of regis...

Spotted Saddle Horse Breed Profile
Spotted Saddle Horse Breed Guide: Characteristics, Health & Nutrition Caroline Cochran, BSc. | December 4, 2023 | Breeds

The Spotted Saddle Horse is an American gaited breed from central Tennessee. These horses descend from small pinto Spanish-type horses and are closely related to the Tennessee Walking Horse. Unlike ot...

Lusitano Horse Breed Guide
Lusitano Horse Breed Guide: Characteristics, Health & Nutrition Caroline Cochran, BSc. | December 5, 2023 | Breeds

The Lusitano is an Iberian horse breed from Portugal. These horses are closely related to Spanish PREs, with both breeds sharing the same studbook until the two countries established separate registri...

Falabella Horse Breed Profile
Falabella Horse Breed Guide: Characteristics, Health & Nutrition Caroline Cochran, BSc. | December 5, 2023 | Breeds

The Falabella is the smallest breed of horse in the world, typically standing between 28 to 34 inches tall at the withers. Despite their diminutive size, they possess all the features and proportions ...

Mongolian Horse Breed Profile
Mongolian Horse Breed Guide: Characteristics, Health & Nutrition Caroline Cochran, BSc. | December 5, 2023 | Breeds

The Mongolian horse is an Asian horse breed that traces its roots back to the time of Ghengis Khan. First raised by nomadic Mongol tribes, these small but sturdy horses played a pivotal role in the ea...

How to Feed an Off the Track Thoroughbred (OTTB): [7-Step Guide] Dr. Christine Latham, Ph.D. | December 6, 2023 | Breeds, Horse Health, Nutrition

Off-the-track Thoroughbreds (OTTB) can be wonderful companions and athletes, but they do come with their share of breed-specific challenges. After retiring from the racing industry, these horses often...

Hanoverian Horse Breed Profile
Hanoverian Horse Breed Guide: Characteristics, Health & Nutrition Caroline Cochran, BSc. | December 11, 2023 | Breeds

The Hanoverian is a popular warmblood breed from Lower Saxony in Germany. Also known as the Hannoveraner in German, the breed produces some of the most successful sport horses in the world. Modern Han...

Anglo-Arabian Horse Breed Guide
Anglo-Arabian Horse Breed Guide: Characteristics, Health & Nutrition Caroline Cochran, BSc. | December 11, 2023 | Breeds

The Anglo-Arabian is a mixed horse breed with Arabian and Thoroughbred ancestry. These horses are also known as Anglo-Arabs. Unlike other part-bred Arabians recognized by breed societies, these horses...

Friesian Horse Breed Guide
Friesian Horse Breed Guide: Characteristics, Health & Nutrition Caroline Cochran, BSc. | December 12, 2023 | Breeds

The Friesian is an iconic horse breed known for their fairytale looks and striking charisma. These horses are often featured in Hollywood productions, contributing to the breed’s rapidly growing pop...

Holsteiner Horse Breed Profile
Holsteiner Horse Breed Guide: Characteristics, Health & Nutrition Caroline Cochran, BSc. | December 12, 2023 | Breeds

The Holsteiner horse is a warmblood breed from the Schleswig-Holstein region of northern Germany. Also known as the Holstein horse, this is one of the oldest warmblood breeds in the world. This profil...

French Trotter Horse Breed Guide
French Trotter Horse Breed Guide: Characteristics, Health & Nutrition Caroline Cochran, BSc. | December 11, 2023 | Breeds

The French Trotter is a trotting horse breed developed for racing in Normandy, France. These horses are also known as Norman Trotters and Anglo-Norman Trotters. While closely related to Standardbreds,...

Orlov Trotter Breed Guide
Orlov Trotter Breed Guide – Characteristics, Health & Nutrition Caroline Cochran, BSc. | December 12, 2023 | Breeds

The Orlov Trotter is a rare Russian breed known for their elegant appearance, trotting ability, and noble history. Once used for harness racing throughout Russia, these horses declined in popularity a...

Missouri Fox Trotter Horse Breed Profile
Missouri Fox Trotter Breed Guide: Characteristics, Health & Nutrition Caroline Cochran, BSc. | January 10, 2024 | Breeds

The Missouri Fox Trotter is a popular gaited breed of horse that originated in the Ozark Mountains. Recognized as the official horse of the U.S. State of Missouri, this breed is famous for its ability...