"Cowgirl Magazine" - Rare Horse Breeds

These five rare horse breeds are found in some of the most unique places. You probably won’t find them at your nearby barn. When you do catch a glimpse of them, you’ll be blown away by their beauty and fascinating histories. Each has a story of their own, and how they ended up being so few and far between. See if you recognize any!

1. Akhal-Teke

From the country of Turkmenistan, this rare breed is known as a national emblem to its people. The Akhal-Teke has a unique metallic sheen that makes it stand out. As pictured above, they usually have a golden buckskin or palomino color, but they also come in black, chestnut, bay, and grey. They’re between 14.2 and 16 hands. The breed is known for their speed and endurance.

2. Sorraia

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While this breed is considered small, don’t let that fool you. They are actually quite hardy and well-adapted to the harsh conditions of the Iberian peninsula. Sorraias are usually dun or a variation, such as grullo. They’re between 14.1 and 14.3 hands, though some are much smaller.

3. German Forest Horse

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Originally the breed is from southern Germany. They are known for their dark chestnut color and flaxen manes and tails. This rare draft horse has exceptionally strong hooves and joints. Throughout history, they’ve worked in forests or as pulling horses.

4. Bashkir Curly Horse

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This rare horse contains a unique gene that produces curly hair. There are different levels of curliness from minimally to extreme. They are also known for their calm, intelligent personalities. Curlies can come in practically any color, but chestnut appears to be most common. They measure between 14 and 16 hands.

5. Knabstrupper

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The outrageous color of the Knabstrupper makes it so unique. They have leopard spots in black and white or brown and white. However, solid colors can also be seen. The horse is a Danish breed establish in 1812. While the breed was quite popular at one point, they’re much more rare today.

There are many more unique breeds that haven’t made it to this list. Which ones do you know of?