In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, take a look at these five Irish horse breeds. You have likely heard of a few of them! These horses vary in size, color, and body type, but they all share one thing in common- their country of origin. Irish horsemen have produced some incredible horses. See for yourself!
Popular Irish Horse Breeds
- Irish Draught: The official national horse of Ireland, this breed has the strength and athleticism to perform a variety of disciplines. They were originally bred as work horses for the farm, but nowadays many breeders are crossing them to create sport horses.
- Irish Sport Horse: This Irish warmblood is a cross between the Irish Draught and Thoroughbreds. These incredible horses excel in dressage, eventing, and show jumping. They’re known for their stamina.
- Connemara Pony: These ponies are from the west coast of Ireland. They’re hardy and equipped to handle harsh terrain. Their even temperament makes them perfect for children. This breed comes in a variety of colors, though gray, chestnut, and bay are the most common.
- Kerry Bog Pony: This type supposedly descended from the now extinct breed- the Irish Hobby horse. They’re smaller and usually stay below 48 inches tall. Don’t let their size fool you… this breed is hardy and tough!
- Gypsy Vanner: The gypsies of Great Britain and Ireland created this gorgeous breed. They wanted something to pull their caravans. This draft type is known for their lush feathers, thick manes, and colored coats.
There are a few others, but these are some of the more common ones.