5 Common Horse Breeds: Which is the Best Horse for You?

Every horse is unique, and our equine friends come in all different sizes, shapes, colours and breeds! While not all horses share the same characteristics, certain breeds may suit certain adventures more than others. At The Insurance Emporium, we want horse owners to really enjoy their time with their equine friends. That’s why we’ve put together our list of five common horse breeds, so you can decide which horse is right for you!

Beginners: American Quarter Horse

The American Quarter Horse is well respected by novice and professional riders alike, and due to their generally calm, quiet and passive nature, these equines can be an excellent choice for beginners!* While you may be tempted to go for a younger horse so you can watch them grow and progress, novices would probably be more suited to an older, trained horse, who may be calmer and better behaved than their younger counterparts. Always meet your horse and take a test ride, if possible, to ensure you and your new equine friend are both comfortable with each other!

Children: New Forest Pony

We considered many different ponies for this list, including Shetlands and Welsh Ponies. But the New Forest Pony won out for one simple reason; they can be ridden by adults, too! New Forest Ponies are both large enough for many adults to ride and also small enough to not be too intimidating for younger riders. Their versatile size makes them the ideal pony for your child to grow up with.^ While they can be docile and friendly,* it’s exceptionally important to find a horse that’s well trained for younger riders, to minimise any risk of injury.

Endurance: Arabian Horse

If you’re looking for a horse to compete in endurance events, your best bet might just be an Arabian! Their conformation makes Arabian horses ideal for endurance riding as, even though they are strong, they still have a relatively light frame. When taking part in endurance events, you’ll need a horse with a good temperament and the will to keep going when conditions get tough.* An Arabian could fit the bill perfectly!

Dressage: Andalusian

Throughout history, Andalusian horses have been well known for their use in classical dressage, and still enjoy huge success in the event today! Known by some as the original dressage mount, Andalusians are renowned for their temperament, known to be smart, docile and brave.* These horses are particularly suited to more advanced dressage movements, especially airs above the ground. Andalusians aren’t only used in dressage though, and are suited to a wide range of tasks, like jumping, mounted athletics and general riding.

Racing: Thoroughbred

Unsuitable for inexperienced riders, Thoroughbreds are one of the strongest, boldest horse breeds available.* There’s a reason they’re the most popular breed of racing horses! It takes an experienced rider with enough confidence and knowledge to channel the high energy of a Thoroughbred. But if you’re experienced and ready to take on the challenge, you may enjoy a strong ride with one of the most powerful breeds of horse.

Whether you’re a first-time buyer or a veteran horse owner, we hope this list helps you on your journey to finding your next equine friend! Remember, horses are animals, and despite some breeds being renowned for certain characteristics, every horse is different. You can’t guarantee a horse’s temperament solely from its breed, so always meet your new four-legged friend to see if they’re suited to your needs! You might also want to think about insuring your new equine friend. At The Insurance Emporium, our Pick ‘n’ Mix Horse Insurance includes Death, Theft or Straying as a Standard Benefit. You can then customise your insurance with a range of Optional Benefits to suit your needs, creating a policy as unique as your horse!

* Horse Insurance from The Insurance Emporium may exclude cover for claims arising from the actions of your horse if it is known to have vicious tendencies or behavioural problems. Horse Insurance from The Insurance Emporium may exclude cover for public liability claims arising from the actions of your horse if it is known to have vicious tendencies or behavioural problems unless we have been told about this and have accepted it in writing.

^ The Insurance Emporium provide cover for horse riders from the age of 5 years old.

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