"Cowgirl Magazine" - Trail Breeds

You might be thinking to yourself that any horse can be ridden on the trails. And that is absolutely true with proper training and the right mindset. However, these five horse breeds have been exceptional trail partners time and time again! If you’re in the market for a new companion, then you might want to consider these amazing prospects. They won’t disappoint!

1. Quarter Horse

Cowgirls sure do love their Quarter Horses, and for good reason! They are one of the most popular breeds in the United States. They have well-muscled bodies with powerful hindquarters. They’re usually between 14 and 16 hands. What makes them such good trail horses is their steady and calm temperaments. Quarter Horses can be great family horses.

2. Appaloosa

Gentle, intelligent, and obedient, Appaloosas are remarkable horses. Known for their spots, the breed is flashy to look at. They make wonderful trail companions because of their sturdy bodies and trustworthy temperaments.

3. Tennessee Walking Horse

This unique gaited breed has a four-beat running-walk. Their movement is a dream to ride and doesn’t bounce you around. Walking horses are refined and elegant, yet have a stockier built. Be prepared to be quicker than the group though. These horses move out!

4. Arabian

Arabians are more than just pretty faces. They have endurance! This breed has the stamina and strength to carry you on the trails for many miles. Don’t be surprised with their flashy, and sometimes exuberate, personalities.

5. Morgan

Known as a compact and refined breed, the Morgan definitely earns its place on this list. They have gentle temperaments, and are known for their steady movement. They usually range from 14.1 to 15.2 hands.

There you have it- the best trail riding breeds. Did your horse’s breed make the list? Don’t worry if he didn’t, any horse can excel with proper training and a good temperament.