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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.

Warm Blooded Horse Breeds

The majority of horse breeds throughout the world as considered warmblooded. Warm Blood breeds are horses that have characteristics of both Cold and Hot Blood lines and created by breeding various types of horses together. Unlike other bloodlines, Warm Bloods are still being developed and their studbook is considered to be open – meaning that the sire and dam do not have to be the same breeds or ancestry for their off–spring to be a member of a specific breed of horse. Each Warm Bloodline breed has its own rules. Warm Blooded horses are often used in competitions.

Warm Blooded Horse Breeds:

Quarter Horse
The first "All–American" horse was bred in Virginia in the 1600s for farm work and general riding. A Quarter Horse's speed and agility make them perfect for working cattle. These horses get their name from English settlers in Colonial America who would race them on quarter mile long tracks. Quarter Horses come in any solid color and stand 15 to 16hh. There are over 3 million registered Quarter Horses making them possibly the most popular horse in the world. Their agility and athleticism combined with calm nature make them perfect for both pleasure riding, working cattle and Western horse shows.

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.

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