Horse Breeding and Breeds Information
Discover many articles that discuss issues that will face horse owners who arebreeding a mare or birthing a new foal. Learn about proper foalingtechniques, getting a mare ready for breeding, baby foal care and much more.Our horse breeds section has a collection of historical information and basic facts about popular horse breeds. This is a great read if you are looking to buy or sell an equine or just want to learn more about your current horse. We are always adding to this list of breeds, but a few fairly common breeds including arabian, american paint,appaloosa, palomino and many more are currently posted for your enjoyment. And if you are still looking to name a new or rescued horse, check out our extensive list ofhorse names.
English horse breeds
English – description
The majority of horses are used for pleasure riding or for competing in local competitions with Welsh Section C and D’s, Thoroughbreds, Arabians, Hanoverians and warmbloods being ever popular, but most riders owning cross-breeds of one type or another.
In 1999, 2,400,000 people enjoyed riding in the England, (4.5 per cent of the population), and half of those did so at least once a week.
Horse owners and riders are estimated to spend around 2.5 billion pounds on horses, riding and associated items, including £150,000,000 on buying horses and £1,200,000,000 on the care and upkeep of horses.
In 1999, there were around 965,000 horses in England with 900,000 privately owned and 65,000 professionally owned.
English horse breeds list
French horse breeds
French – description
The French have a very long history with horses. Ancient breeds, like the Camargue from the Provence region, date back to the time of Julius Caesar and later were recruited by Napoléon for the army. The Merens pony, native to southwest France, traces its origins back to prehistoric times. A mountain pony with a pitch black coat and no markings has a calm temperament which makes it extremely well suited for equestrian tourism in the mountains.
France also has a number of draught horses. The most well known is the Percheron, native to the Normandy region of La Perche, from which it derives its name.
French Trotters have undergone selection in their breeding program since the mid-19th century, a result of crossing more Normandy mares with Thoroughbreds and particularly Norfolk trotters from England.
The Arabian was introduced to France in the 8th century during the Crusades. Napoléon was one of its biggest promoters and imposed purebred breeding.