Horses of Different Colors

GRIT's guide to 16 noteworthy breeds.

| July/August 2008

The outside of a horse is good for the inside of man,” Winston Churchill said. Today, with American Horse Council statistics indicating more than nine million horses in the United States, the American love affair with horses is alive and well. Although innumerable horse breeds are available in this country, we have chosen to take a closer look at breeds that originated in the United States and have registries.
Owning a horse is a major commitment, an outdoor activity the entire family can enjoy, and a satisfying pursuit whether your dream is meandering down the trail, enjoying nature or aiming for the Olympics. In the horse world, if you like horses and are considerate in their care, you will be welcomed into countless owner groups where you can talk animals and improve your skills.
As one father of two teenagers involved with horses put it, “The cheapest money you can spend on kids is to get them a horse. Much cheaper than psychiatrists.” Horses aren’t just for youngsters. Senior
citizens are staying younger longer thanks to their commitment to horses.
Sound intriguing? First, invest in sound basic riding and horse-handling lessons to become proficient at keeping your seat as you guide the horse through a ride.
Riding not for you? Investigate learning how to hitch a horse to a carriage and go for a drive.
Participating in equine competitions may be exciting, but time spent exploring the countryside with your equine companion will do much to bring a satisfying peace of mind. Invite a couple of horses into your life, and rein it in a new direction.

American Quarter Horse

The world’s most prolific breed with 5.5 million registered today. Quarter horses are popular among working ranchers and cowboys.
The breed is so-named because a good quarter horse can blaze a quarter mile in 21 seconds or less. Racing lineages have infusions of thoroughbred blood.
American Quarter Horse Association
P.O. Box 200
Amarillo, TX 79168


Ancient drawings document the early existence of spotted horses. Spain is responsible for bringing them to America in the 1600s. The Nez Percé Indians, known for their horse sense, acquired them, and soon the spotted horses were known as the “Indian Ponies.” Not all Appaloosas have spotted coats. The registry officially began in 1938.
Appaloosa Horse Club
2720 W. Pullman Road
Moscow, ID 83843

Tennessee Walking Horse

Walking horses are prized for their unique 4-beat flat foot walk and rolling rocking-horse canter – walking horses give a ride with a glide. Folks faced with spending a day in the saddle value the comfort of these horses.
Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ and Exhibitors’ Association
P.O. Box 286
Lewisburg, TN 37091

Missouri Fox Trotter

Treasured for its comfortable ride and agreeable attitude, this horse performs the “Fox Trot” with a reaching walk in front and a trot behind with a noticeable sliding action. The result is a smooth gliding gait without swinging. Registry began in 1948.
The Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breed Association
P.O. Box 1027
Ava, MO 65608

American Morgan Horse

Progenitor of the breed, Figure (owned by Justin Morgan; also known as Justin Morgan’s horse, or “The Justin”), was foaled in Massachusetts in 1789. Registry began in 1894. Estimated 95,000 Morgans are alive today. Energetic, loves challenges, hates boredom. Only horse the U.S. government ever bred.
American Morgan Horse Association
122 Bostwick Road
Shelburne, VT 05482-4417

5/27/2014 3:05:31 PM

can't believe you left out the most beautiful arabian horse !!!!!

Elizabeth Stevens_1
7/14/2008 9:20:56 AM

The Betrayal of America's Mustangs Americans who love watching horses in their pastures know that it's an unforgettable experience to see wild horses, in bands and in herds, running free on the range. But few Americans know that our mustangs may soon be just a memory -- exterminated by the same government agency that is supposed to protect them. In July 2008, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced plans to consider killing mustangs to deal with what the Bureau calls "overpopulation" on our public lands. In 2007, after years of criticism from horse advocates, Congress ordered an investigation of the BLM's wild horse management, and the report is due in September 2008. But will the BLM respect Congress's request to halt their plans pending publication of the report, or will they move ahead to kill the horses? Visit The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign at and see why 45 organizations (including the Humane Society of the United States) are educating the public and battling the BLM. Once you learn the history, you'll see that the horses don't stand a chance for survival unless horse lovers speak up.

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