1. This horse is gorgeous. It looks like a burnished golden statue. The color would be called “buckskin”. The breed of this horse is an Akhal-Teke, an ancient breed of extremely slim horses, from Central Asia. The Encyclopedia of Horses & Ponies by Tamsin Pickeral calls this type of horse “the equine version of the gray hound”. Wikipedia states that these horses can have a “metallic sheen” to them. Akhal-Tekes are strong, courageous and enduring, but they are also very hot-blooded, which means they are tempermental (Pickeral).
2. Once again, an exquisite equine. It resembles the first quite a lot. It is a Cremello Akhal-Teke, and what a sheen it has! Its coat reminds me of some silky, cream-colored pillows that I used to own. Another smaller, but equally interesting detail is its eyes. Look at them. It’s hard to tell, but they are a rare blue. That makes this horse even more of a rare gem.
3. A silver buckskin. Again, this horse is similar to the previous two, and of the same breed. These horses are too long and lean have been beautiful by Western standards. But in my humble opinion, they are stunning.
4. Sticking with the Middle Eastern theme, here is another horse from that part of the world. She is either a Kathiawari horse, or a Marwari. The curved, elegant ears are distinctive to those breeds. (I wonder if they’re touching?) And what a long, flowing, two-tone mane! If this horse were an actress, she would be the attractive, nerdy gal who chews on pencils. Theater aside, however, I realized that all the other pictures until now have been more or less specimen pictures, whereas this photo has personality.
(In case you were wondering, the white mark on her forehead is called a star, and there’s a snip on her muzzle.)
5. What a lovely Pinto Saddlebred horse! What a gorgeous, two-tone mane and tail. Can we all just agree that Pintos are beautiful? It’s an easy mistake to use Pinto and Paint interchangeably, but they aren’t. Pinto is a coat pattern where the horse has large blocks of color, which can be on any breed, whereas Paint is a specific breed. Therefore, in general, all Paints are Pintos, but not all Pintos are Paints.
Fun Fact: white markings on the legs are called socks or stockings.
6. All these beautiful horses, and I’m running out of words to describe them with! I guess this one is… breath-taking! For one thing, see how the dark marking around her eye makes her look like she’s wearing eyeshadow? So stylish! Note, too, that her eyes are pale blue, a rarity with horses, and that her halter matches. And just like the picture before, there is a two-tone mane/tail. As to a breed, I would assume that this horse is a Paint. Yes, she has spots, but she also has a large dark patch on her hindquarters, like a Paint would.
7. Here is another delightful, two-tone mane-and-tail combo. When I see this horse, the word that pops into my head is “Appaloosa”. That is, indeed, its breed—“The Leopard Appaloosa”. However, what many people don’t know is this: Appaloosas aren’t the only spotted horses. For instance, the Knabstrup horses are spotted. Originating from Denmark, these horses are often used in the circus to do tricks (Pickeral). As you may have guessed by the fact that they do circus tricks, the Knabstrups are quick learners (Pickeral).
8. Again, I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything quite like this charming horse. All the other horses up to this point have been very regal. Beautiful, for sure, but also so regal that you get the impression that you should just “look, but don’t touch”. This horse, however, is so cute and perky-looking! She (or he, I don’t know which) looks like she/he could be your eternal pony pal. Its color reminds me of foam on coffee, or mixing cream into hot chocolate. If this were my horse, I would name it “Chocolate Swirl”. What would you name it? Anyway, the white streaks might be from some kind of mutation, or perhaps vitiligo, which is a harmless disease that causes patches of fur or skin to turn white.
9. No list of beautiful horses would be complete without a Friesian. From the flowing mane and tail to the dark, strong build, these horses are classic beauties. Their bearing drips of proud strength. “Delicate” is a word that should never be applied to them. “Chiseled” is better. Furthermore, the feathering on the lower legs is quite unusual for light horses. Usually, feathering is found on heavy, draft breeds like Clydesdales (think of the horses that pull the Budweiser wagon in the commercials), but Friesians are the exception to that rule. This is yet another feature that makes the Friesian so memorable. On a historical note, Friesians were the favorite mount of knights, because of their strength, calmness, and proud appearance (Pickeral). On a personal note, Friesians are my favorite breed of horses. What’s yours?
10. Wow! This is the type of horse that would attract all eyes to itself as it entered the show ring. It is a Rocky Mountain horse. A relatively new breed, the Rocky Mountain horse didn’t have its own studbook until 1986, according to Pickeral. Today, Rocky Mountain horses display attributes of Spanish horses. They are calm, tough, and have a smooth gait, all things which are making them increasingly popular (Pickeral). And, of course, they are beautiful. This particular horse has the classic Rocky Mountain colors: chocolate coat and flaxen mane and tail. I love the contrast between the dark body and the light hair! Additionally, the horse appears to be dappled. Each dapple looks like a tiny star, which makes the whole horse look like it is sparkling. If all this is not photo-shopped, then—wow!
11. I’m awed. If I were forced to choose, this is my favorite horse of all. I don’t normally like heavy horses a lot, but—wow. A silky mane and tail, and feathering around the hooves. Above all, those dapples are amazing; they look like snowflakes. This horse is a silver dapple, which is a color that is scarcely seen. Another nice touch is how his owner’s shirt matches his coat. He’s perfect. ‘Nuff said.
Which horse is your favorite? Let me know in the comments.