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The cutest horse breeds in the world are what many imagine as small and fluffy. But this does not necessarily mean that large horses cannot be beautiful.
Numerous horse breeds stand out with their intelligence, power, dignity, or pure beauty.
In this article, you will learn about ten different beautiful horse breeds – and you’ll get to pick your favorite.
Buckle up, as we are going to talk about interesting facts about them and their origins and other exciting stories related to the species.
Top 10 Cutest Horse Breeds in the World
Lifespan: 26 to 30 years
Height: 57 to 64 inches
Weight: 1000 to 1100 pounds
For many people, these colorful horses are one of the cutest, if not THE cutest horse breeds out there. The Appaloosa’s body is covered in beautiful spotted patterns.
The breed originates from America, and as a matter of fact, the Spotted Appaloosa Breed is the official state horse of Idaho. Yep, you read it right, and it happened pretty long ago, back in the far 1975. So if you are a horse fan, you can even get it on your Idaho license plate.
Another curious fact about this breed is its pattern. The coat color of the horses can be black, bay, palomino, gray, chestnut, grulla, etc. However, the spots you see on its body are darker skin, thus making it stand out.
Even if it’s hard to predict the pattern of an Appaloosa horse before breed, it is always 100% that no matter the combination, the horse will be adorable.
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Lifespan: 20 years
Height: 54 to 64 inches
Weight: 900 to 1000 pounds
Originating from the far Karakum desert, the Akhal-Teke Horse breed is a scarce and endangered species. Although this is not something you’ll often see with domestic animals, this one is a fact.
Besides being beautiful horse breeds, the Akhal-Tekes are also one of the oldest breeds in the world.
The Akhal-Teke Horse shines with its metallic color favored by many. Therefore, it is not surprising to see individuals of this breed who can outshine the competitors by their endurance as a competition horse and their beauty.
Interestingly, it is said that Akhal-Tekes are highly attachable creatures.
They will create an unbreakable bond with their master. However, they are to bond with only one master in their lifetime.
Lifespan: 25 to 30 years
Height: 57 to 61 inches
Weight: 800 to 1000 pounds
The Arabian Horse is one of the most famous breeds around the world. It originates from the Arabian Peninsula.
Almost no people haven’t heard about the black Arabian horse. They hold their popularity due to their fantastic photogenicity, which won them a place in many movies.
Like the Akhal-Teke breed, the Arabian Horse is one of the oldest breeds. However, these gorgeous-looking horses are carefully bred.
When it comes to this breed, a fascinating fact is that no one knows their origins. It is believed that the Bediuns took them in long ago and bred them while protecting their bloodline, keeping them highly pure.
They did this believing that the horses were a gift from God. These traditions and beliefs are what preserved this breed and kept it strong.
Lifespan: 25 to 30 years
Height: 58 to 68 inches
Weight: 1200 to 1400 pounds
Hinting by its name, the Friesian Horse originates from Friesland, a region in the Netherlands.
Its distinctive features are a shiny black coat and a fantastic long mane. In addition, this horse breed is famous for its elegance.
The breed is ancient, dating back before 1200. In the past, these animals were mainly used as war horses.
An interesting fact about this breed is that the Friesian Horse has feathers. Yep, you heard this right.
These horses are elegant, gentle, beautiful, and even have feathers. But, you may think, can they fly? Sadly, they are not pegasuses, and their feathers are around their hooves.
The feathers are left to grow and show off, but all this had its downside. For example, they hide a higher risk of infections which can harm the horse.
Lifespan: 25 to 30 years
Height: 54 to 60 inches
Weight: 800 to 1300 pounds
The Haflinger Horse originates from the Austria and North Italia lands. However, the horse breed can trace back to the XIX century.
This cute horse breed is shining with its small but solid build and amazing golden coat. The Haflinger horse can often be mixed with Avelignese but know that they are different even tho they look alike (probably cousins).
The Haflinger Horse has an interesting connection with the Arabian Horses. Many believe that the breed originates from crossing an Arabian stallion and an Austrian Pony, leading to this perfect creation.
While his so-called father’s side is that of an Arabian horse, the other part of the family can trace a Pony breed back to medieval times. In Austria, they often used the so-called tiny chestnut horses to carry things around the mountains back then.
In the end, the horse breeding mix gave us the cute horse we know as Haflinger Horse.
Lifespan: 20 to 25 years
Height: 38 to 56 inches
Weight: 850 to 1200 pounds
The Pinto Horse is an exciting and colorful breed. Its coat is mainly large white spots and any other colors (not pink).
Pinto breed origins are fascinating. Some think they date back to ancient Egyptian times. Others say they are a mixed breed between Spanish, Russian, and Arabian strains. However, they are brought from Europe to America.
In 1500-1600, explorers from Europe brought the breed to the New World. From there on, it spread around the continent, being favored by many.
An interesting fact is that the word Pinto means Painted. Like someone, who has painted their spots on their backs.
It is also worth mentioning that they are called Pinto and not Painted because a separated breed is known by that name.
Lifespan: 25 to 30 years
Height: 64 to 68 inches
Weight: 1900 to 2100 pounds
For this breed, you probably know or have seen but don’t know the name. The Percheron Horse is one of the most famous breeds worldwide known for its power and beautiful gray color.
Their origins lead back to Western France and, more precisely, to provide formerly known as Perche.
This breed has been known for its enormous size. Thus, they were mainly used for war or fieldwork.
If you have seen pictures of these horses, you would know how these breeds are massive and beautiful at the same time.
The Percheron Horse packs a lot of power, stamina, and agility; this was perfect for any fieldwork.
When it comes to facts, one of the most significant is how much these pretty horses eat. It is said that a Percheron Horse can eat up to 13 kilograms of hay and up to 2 of grain.
Lifespan: 25 years
Height: 58 to 61 inches
Weight: 900 to 1150 pounds
The Andalusian Horse is one of my favorites. This fantastic and beautiful horse breed originated from the continent and, more precisely, Spain.
It is known as one of the oldest Iberian horse breeds and can offer power, intelligence, and beauty in one. The most often seen horse colors are gray, bay, or black.
When we talk about the origins of this Spanish Pure Breed, I cannot miss saying that some believe that they are descendants of the Sorraia breed, which dates back 22 000 years ago.
Surprisingly during the early ages, the pureblood Andalusian Horse was almost destroyed. The monks saved the horse breed’s pure bloodlines only due to the Carthusian Monasteries’ decision. They kept taking care of purebloods and bred them during the ages.
An interesting fact about this breed is that they have been seen as noble war horses during the ages. Therefore, they were favored during the ancient Romans ages and even in feudal Europe.
Lifespan: 30 to 35 years
Height: 60 to 64 inches
Weight: 1000 to 1300 pounds
Originating from Slovenia, the Lipizzaner Horse bears the farm’s name, which first bred them.
This breed is most famous for its beauty and is often associated with what people would call a cute dignified horse fit for a princess.
Most individuals have a relatively pale coat. It is not white as many people think. The skin of the Lipizzaner Horses gets whiter with age, similar to us.
To achieve the stunning white color, a Lipizzaner must be above 6.
The sad fact about this breed is that they are scarce. By statistics, the number of Lipizzaner horses is about 10 000 in the world.
The Lipizzaner breed as we know it is mainly grey. You could see black, dun, or chestnuts colored ones back in time. Nowadays, this is rare, although it’s not impossible to see a rare Lipizzaner Horse.
Lifespan: 20 to 25 years
Height: 52 to 64 inches
Weight: 1000 to 1700 pounds
The Gypsy Horse, also known as Irish Cob, is named one of the most beautiful horses on Earth. As you can guess, they originate from Ireland and the United Kingdom.
If it originates from the islands, you may wonder why they call it a Gypsy Horse if it stems from the islands? This breed was bred by the English and Irish gypsies to produce a small cute breed.
During an extended period, they selectively bred breeds like the Shire, British Ponies, and others to get the cutest horse, thus leading to the origins of the Gypsy Horse breed.
The most exciting fact about this pretty horse breed is that they have not-so-attractive but stylish mustaches. Yep, people, both ladies, and gents have it.
That gives the breed a spice of extra charm, making them even more outstanding.
And there you have it – in my humble opinion, these are the top 10 cutest horse breeds found around the world
Horses are some of the most beloved animals out there. But rightly so, they are smart, friendly, and at the same time powerful and beautiful.
Beauty is subjective, but very few people would argue against the claim that horses are irresistibly pretty animals.
Thank you for reading. Hopefully, this article was informative and fun to read.
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