Can You Pass This Hard Horse Breed Identification Quiz?

J.P. Naomi

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About This Quiz

Calling all horse experts! Amateurs need not apply! 

You are about to embark on one of the most difficult quizzes known to horse! Err, we mean man! Woman! Oh, it doesn't matter! Just make sure you're an expert or else you could fail miserably and walk away with a long face ... get it? Long face!?

Now, let's get down to business. If you're up for this challenge, we have to get a few facts straight. Did you know that there are more than 350 breeds of horses in the world? Don't worry, we're only quizzing you on 40 of them! And how about this ... these horses are all categorized into four major groups. These include light horses, heavy horses, ponies and feral horses. What's a feral horse, you ask? Come on now! You're an expert, aren't you!? Well it's about time we find out ...

So giddy up and get ready to trot ahead. We'll show you a photo and you tell us the breed. Think you're smart enough to stay in the saddle, or will you fall off that horse? Well, if you do fall, don't forget to get back up! And remember ... hold on tight, this quiz is about to take you on a ride! 

Can you name this horse?

The Morgan horse is one of the earliest horse breeds developed in the United States. Today, there are more than 175,000 Morgan horses worldwide!

Which horse is this?

The Andalusian horse is also known as the Pure Spanish Horse or PRE (Pura Raza Española)! It is a horse breed from the Iberian Peninsula, where its ancestors have lived for thousands of years. Though exports of Andalusians were once banned, they now exist throughout the world ... 185,000 of them!

How about this one?

The Appaloosa is an American horse breed best known for its colorful spotted coat pattern. Did you know that they are prone to develop equine recurrent uveitis and congenital stationary night blindness? The night blindness has been linked to the leopard complex!

Recognize this beauty?

The Lusitano is a Portuguese pure bred breed and closely related to the Spanish Andalusian horse. It was originally bred for war, dressage and bullfighting!

How about this big guy!?

The Clydesdale is a breed of draft horse named for and derived from the farm horses of Clydesdale, a county in Scotland. The Budweiser Clydesdales are some of the most famous Clydesdales, having been owned by Budweiser since the end of Prohibition in the United States!

What is the name of this horse?

Developed through a breeding program that began in the 1960s, the Dutch Warmblood are some of the most successful competition horses developed in postwar Europe! Most of them are black, brown, bay, chestnut or gray with white markings.

This horse is a _______ ...

The Haflinger breed is also known as the Avelignese. Developed in Austria and northern Italy, they are relatively small, always chestnut with flaxen mane and tail, have distinctive gaits, and are well-muscled yet elegant.

_________ look like this!

The Danish Warmblood is called the Dansk Varmblod in Denmark! It is a modern sport horse breed that is represented at international competitions in both dressage and show jumping.

A __________ is seen in this photo.

The mustang is a free-roaming horse of the American West that first descended from horses brought to the Americas by the Spanish. Mustangs of all body types are described as surefooted and having good endurance. They may be of any coat color!

What type of horse is seen here?

The Knabstrupper is a Danish breed of horse with an unusual range of coat coloration. Their coat patterns range from solid to a full leopard spotted coat. This spotted coat is caused by a genetic mechanism called the Leopard complex!

Can you name this horse?

The Akhal-Teke is a horse breed from Turkmenistan, where they are a national emblem. These horses are adapted to severe climactic conditions and are thought to be one of the oldest existing horse breeds. There are currently about 6,600 Akhal-Tekes in the world!

How about this one?

The Caspian is a small horse breed native to Northern Iran, though now bred in several other countries. Although it is on the smaller side, it is considered more of a horse than a pony because it has more in common with horses - such as their conformation, gait and character!

What is the name of this horse?

The Trakehner has a rectangular build, with a long sloping shoulder, good hindquarters, short cannons, and a medium-long, crested and well-set neck. This breed is known for its "floating trot" - full of impulsion and suspension! They are athletic and trainable.

Recognize the horse in this photo?

Native to Great Britain, hackneys possess good stamina, and are capable of trotting at high speed for extended periods of time. They are now found in Australia, the United States and the Netherlands too!

What about this horse?

Suffolk punch horses are heavy draft horses and are always chestnut in color. They were often used to pull heavy artillery in wartime.

You're doing great... which type of horse is this?

The Exmoor pony is a horse breed native to the British Isles. They are known for their mealy markings around their eyes and muzzle, and their "ice tail".

It's on the tip of your tongue... which horse is this?

The Irish draught horse is the national horse breed of Ireland which developed primarily for farm use! They are also popular as police mounts due to their temperament and strength.

And this one?

The Shire is a British breed of draft horse. It is usually black, bay or gray with feathered legs. It has a great capacity for weight-pulling, and has been popular throughout its history for pulling brewer's drays delivering ale to customers!

How about this horse?

The percheron is a breed of draft horse that originated in the Huisne river valley in western France. This breed is mostly gray or black, clean-limbed, powerful and docile. It was originally developed as a war horse, but later used for pulling stagecoaches and agriculture.

Here's a beauty ...

The Budenny is a breed of horse from Russia. They are named after Marshall Semyon Budyonny, a Bolshevik cavalry commander who became famous during the Russian Revolution.

Which breed is seen here?

The Nokota horse is a feral horse breed located in the badlands of southwestern North Dakota in the United States. They are distinguished by their angular frame, blue roan coat and ambling gait!

Recognize this breed?

Can you guess where the Icelandic horse comes from? You got it! Iceland! Did you know that this breed has very few diseases? This is attributed to the fact that Icelandic law prevents horses from being imported into the country, and exported ones are not allowed to return!

How about this one?

The Arabian horse was developed in the Arabian Peninsula in the Middle East. They weigh between 800 - 1,000 pounds and are one of the oldest breeds, dating back more than 4,500 years!

Name the type of horse seen here!

The Florida cracker horse is also known as the Chickasaw pony, Seminole pony, prairie pony, Florida horse, Florida cow pony and grass gut! They are known for their speed and agility and excel at trail and endurance riding, and are also used extensively as stock horses.

This horse is known as a ________.

Hailing from the province of Normandy in northern France, the Norman cob is a breed of light draft horse. They are mid-sized, standing about 65 inches tall and weighing about 1,500 pounds!

Recognize this horse breed?

The Gypsy Horse is also known as the Irish cob, Gypsy cob or Gypsy vanner. This breed comes from the British Isles and its distinct feature is feathering, long hair on the legs.

What is the name of this horse?

The Marwari is a rare breed of horse from the Marwar region of India. Known for its inward-turning ear tips, it comes in all equine colors, although pinto patterns tend to be the most popular with buyers and breeders!

Can you name this one?

The Mangalarga is a horse breed that was originally developed in Brazil by Francisco Gabriel Junqueira, the Baron of Alfenas. This breed has a slightly long head but alert eyes and ears.

Keep going, which horse is this?

Originating in Friesland in the Netherlands, the Friesian horse is graceful and nimble, despite its large size! They are black in color with powerful muscles and feathered lower legs.

How about this horse?

The Tennessee Walking Horse is a breed of gaited horse known for its unique four-beat running-walk and flashy movement. It was originally developed in the southern United States for use on farms and plantations!

Can you name the horse in this photo?

The thoroughbred is a horse breed from England best known for its use in horse racing. Although the word thoroughbred can imply any breed of purebred horse, it technically refers only to the thoroughbred breed.

And this one?

A Hanoverian is a warmblood horse breed originating in Germany. It is often seen in the Olympic Games and other competitive English riding styles, and has won gold medals in all three equestrian Olympic competitions!

Think you can name this horse?

The mountain pleasure horse is a breed of gaited horse that was developed in the Appalachian Mountains of Eastern Kentucky. The breed is intended to be a gentle family horse with a calm temperament, sensibility and intelligence.

Which horse breed is this?

The Camargue horse is an ancient breed of horse indigenous to the Camargue area in southern France. Its origins remain relatively unknown, although it is generally considered one of the oldest breeds of horses in the world.

Quick! Name this breed...

The Spanish mustang is an American horse breed descended from horses brought from Spain during the early conquest of the Americas. They are compact, sturdy and exist in many colors, though commonly found in bay, chestnut, black and gray.

Now here's a tough one ... or isn't it?

Hailing from the Kathiawari peninsula in western India, this breed is mainly used for riding, in harness and for sports, and also by police. It has unusual in-curved ears!

A few more now, which breed is seen here?

The Orlov trotter is a horse breed with a hereditary fast trot, noted for its outstanding speed and stamina. It is the most famous Russian horse!

Can you name this breed?

A Brumby is a free-roaming feral horse in Australia. Did you know that a group of Brumbies is known as a "mob" or "band"?

Recognize this guy?

The standardbred is an American horse breed best known for its ability in harness racing where members of the breed compete at either a trot or pace. They were developed in North America and are recognized around the world!

You made it! Which horse breed is this?

The curly horse is a breed from North America. Although it comes in all sizes, colors and body types, the one common thread is that they all carry a gene for a unique curly coat of hair!

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