Horses are often known for being multi-skilled hard workers and truly stunning animals! From the large and majestic to the small and cute, there are countless breeds of horse all over the world that are all beautiful and talented in their own way! At The Insurance Emporium, we think that there’s something magical about every horse and that’s why we’ve put together this visual guide to horse breeds!



This breed of horse originated from the Arabian Peninsula and are known for their ‘floating trot’. They can be identified by their chiselled head, dished face and long arching neck! Sometimes known as the original racehorse, they’re renowned for being good over distance due to their endurance and stamina!

Looks: Chiselled head, dished face and long neck.

Characteristics: Known for their ‘floating trot’.

Key Attribute: Stamina and endurance over distance.

Job: Often used for racing.



The Thoroughbred is well known as one of the most commonly used in racing*, although they’re also used for jumping and dressage. They typically have a deep chest, lean body and long flat muscles. These horses are known for their speed, as well as being powerful, energetic and athletic!

Looks: Deep chest, lean body and long, flat muscles.

Characteristics: Known to be spirited and not for beginners!

Key Attribute: Fast, powerful and energetic.

Job: Used for racing and eventing.



This is the traditional British workhorse and the sad story is that they could become extinct within a decade. Shire horses are known for having distinctive white feathering on their legs and their large stature – many Shire’s have held world records for size. Although industry doesn’t tend to have a use for them these days, they can sometimes be found at vintage rallies pulling vehicles.

Looks: Large and powerful with feathering on their legs.

Characteristics: Does not spook easily and is easy going.

Key Attribute: Strength and power.

Job: Retired – formerly used in industry.



No prizes for guessing where these ponies hail from! The Shetland pony has existed on the Shetland Isles for over two thousand years and stand at around a metre tall! They were often used in coal mines in the late 19th century as they are known for being hardy, resilient and very strong! They’re also incredibly cute!

Looks: Small with a thick mane of hair and heavy winter coat.

Characteristics: Hardy and resilient.

Key Attribute: Strong and powerful.

Job: Used as a workhorse, particularly in coal mines.


The Mustang might be considered the movie star on this list! They’re often referred to as a ‘wild horse’ and are known to epitomise the spirit of the Wild West. These hardy equine descend from Spanish horses and are known for their stamina and speed – perfect for travel! Cowboys often caught, tamed and sold on Mustangs in the days of the old west!

Looks: Medium-sized, often bay or sorrel colour.

Characteristics: Wild and hard to tame.

Key Attribute: Known for their speed and stamina.

Job: Usually wild but cowboys have been known to tame them.

There are so many beautiful breeds of horse in the world that we couldn’t possibly mention them all! Whether you simply enjoy looking at magical and beautiful horses or going on your own adventures on horseback, there are some truly stunning equine to see! If you’re lucky enough to own a horse, you might want to consider some horse insurance. At The Insurance Emporium, our Horse Insurance policies include a 20% Introductory Discount^ and have a range of Elective Benefits to choose from! Gallop down to The Insurance Emporium today to find out more!

* The Insurance Emporium does not provide insurance cover for racehorses.

^20% Introductory Discount is available for the first 12 premium payments on lunar and calendar monthly policies or one premium payment on annual policies.

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