About Horses Page 4
The Barb comes from Morocco in north Africa, and is one of the oldest breeds in the world. Barbs are such an ancient breed, that the shapes of their heads are more like that of primitive horses and thus are not considered as handsome as the Arabian. Their heads are large and plain with very thick manes and tails. Barbs are known as a tough, sound horse that are able to run at great speeds with stamina. The Barb bloodlines created what is known as the Spanish Horse from which many other breeds come from.
Bred in the country of Turkmenistan, north of Iran, the Akhal–Teke is very unusual looking hotblooded horse. They have very long, lean bodies and necks with long legs. Akhal–Tekes are capable of great endurance and are thus used in long distance riding, racing, jumping and dressage. They stand around 15.2hh with a fine coat and silky mane. Akhal–Tekes come in a variety of colorings but the most prized are metallic golden dun.
Many Americans know about Lipizzaners from shows put on by the famous Spanish Riding School of Vienna, Austria. An extremely intelligent horse, the Lipizzaner is stockily build with short, strong legs standing at 15.2 to 16.1 hh. They are usually born with dark black coats that grow lighter as they get older. Lipizzaners maybe 7 years or older before they get their gray to white coats. The Spanish Riding School trains Lipizzaner stallions to perform "high school" movements. It takes many years of training for the horse and his rider to learn all the complex movements.