Rare Horses of the World A – D

Rare Horses A-DThere are hundreds of horse breeds across the globe, some we see every day and some are far more elusive. In fact, some of them are rare enough to be considered endangered and that’s positively sad.

The Tip of the Iceberg

Take a look at a selection of the rarest horses on the globe, there might even be one or two in here you’ve never seen before. And this is just the start of the alphabet, I’ve got plenty more to come, video, images info & all!

Be sure to check out the rest of the alphabet: F – K | K – O | P – W

Breeds You Don’t See Everyday


Build – Lean and elegant, high set head is long and slender with large nostrils.
Nature – Hardy and built to cover distance.
Colors – Can be bay, grey and dun, but a pale golden coat (often with a metallic sheen.
Origin – Descendant of the ancient Turkmenian horses and bred by the tribes of Turkoman. The Akhal-teke of today is bred in several central provinces of Asia.
More information – Akhal-Teke

American Cream Draft Horse

Build – Medium-weight draft horse with a refined head
Nature – Draft horse docile
Colors – Deep cream, caused by a champagne dilution gene
Origin – America’s only native draft breed which originated in Iowa, the American Cream is a colored variant of the Belgian Draft Horse.
More information – American Cream Draft

Bashkir Curly Horse

Build – Resemble the original Morgan breed in confirmation.
Nature – Like poodles, the curly breeds are hypo-allergenic and do not cause allergic reactions in those with allergies to horses.
Colors – Common in horses of all colors, including horses affected by white patterns like appaloosa and pintos.
Origin – Thought to be descendants of ancient curly horses from Russia they were given the name Bashkir. Although it is unknown if the horses were imported to North America or if they crossed the Bearing Strait land bridge to the Americas on their own (which would make them a native American breed too).
More information – Bashkir Horse

Canadian Horse

Build –Small and robust, with a fine head, arched neck and thick, wavy mane and tail.
Nature – Highly energetic and possess endurance in abundance while remaining willing and docile.
Colors – Often black, but can be found in bay and chestnut.
Origin – Descendant of Arabian, Andalusian and Barbs and brought to North America by france in the late 17th century. These horses remained isolated from other bloodlines in harsh Canadian conditions long enough to develop into a new breed altogether.
More information – Canadian Horse

Caspian Horse

Build – Small in stature, but perfectly proportioned the Caspian horse is not a pony. Confirmation is similar to that of Arabian horses, delicate head, dished face, large nostrils, high set tail and flowing mane.
Nature – Affectionate, smart, adaptable and highly curious animals.
Colors – Mainly chestnut, bay and grey with occasional black or buckskins depending on breeding.
Origin – Evidence of these horses has been found (often in connection with royalty) since ancient times. Small and well formed the Caspian horse has graced the courts of the King Darius the Great in 600BC to to Queen Elizabeth II in the 20th Century. The interest of the Royal family has helped to keep this breed from extinction.
More information –Caspian Horse

Cleveland Bay

Build – Two different types, one smaller and built more for pack and one taller and straight resembling coach horses.
Nature – Sensible and intelligent with built-in character, strong, bold and true.
Colors – Always bay in color
Origin – Comes from the Cleveland area of NE England and is Britain’s oldest breed of horse. Bred throughout the middle ages by the clergy as sturdy pack horses. This breed has influenced many European warmbloods and has often been used to improve breeding stock worldwide.
More information – Cleveland Bay


Build – Heavy draft horse breed, strong but well built and agile bred for their large, well-formed feet.
Nature – Docile and intelligent the Clydesdale makes a willing partner.
Colors – Black, chestnut and most commonly bay and can display roan and pinto white patterns. Often have white faces and long white socks with long feathers.
Origin – Developed in the early 19th century Lanarkshire district of Scotland for agricultural, hauling and warfare needs. It’s popularity grew worldwide, namely in British commonwealth countries where they were imported to increase local working stock.
More information – Clydesdale

Dole Trotter

Build – Small head with short crested neck, built straight and strong for high stepping movement.
Nature – High stamina and energy means high strung, best suited for harness racing.
Colors – Black, bay, chestnut, grey and dun.
Origin – Shares the name with another sub-section of the breed, the Dole Trotter was bred specifically as a carriage horse and is now used predominately for harness racing.
More information – Døle Gudbrandsdal

More To Come…

Be sure to check out the rest of the alphabet too.
F – K | K – O | P – W

& Don’t forget the ponies…
A – E | F – K | N – W

6 Comments on “Rare Horses of the World A – D

  1. Monica

    I felt compelled to write and right a wee error on this page: the Canadian Horse is indeed a rare breed, it is NOT however, part of the Canadian Sport Horse Association. An entirely different organization altogether.
    Sort of like saying a Ranch Horse IS a Quarter Horse, not always true.
    Please update your link to the following site:
    Thank you!

    Canadian Horse Owner & Writer

    1. Alison

      Agreed I think it is ridiculous. How could the canadian horse not be part of the sport horse association? For crying out loud? Canadian Horse?! Sure looks like an able sport horse to me. The canadian horse is highly energetic endurance in abundance while remaining willing and docile. I think that would be a nice sport horse. Don’t ya think?? Also nice and small and robust for a child. Although size has nothing to do with the horse you have. If you had a clydesdale or a nice large horse above 15 hands. It can be a great horse. I have a over 16 hand quarter horse. He is huge compared to my Moms horse. But my mom lets me ride him anyway cause he is a great horse. I am only 14 and I know a lot about horses. Don’t get me wrong since im young respect it……

  2. Sarah

    I would like to comment that the American Cream is a wonderful and VERY original draft breed! I stumbled across my lovely draft horse, Silver, when one of my moms co-workers daughters had this horse in their backyard. Overweight and lonely (as his only pasture mate died a year yearly after spending 7 years with him on a mud plot of half an acre) I took him home with me for only 1 grand. He needed retraining as he was barely riden and deffinatly not riden by someone who even knew the first thing about horses. He dropped pounds, got used to other horses again and quickly became my “puppy dog”.

    He’s now very happy and healthy. With an incredible muscle build. He loves all kinds of jumping and is the best trail horse I’ve ever meet. Doesn’t spook for anything! (except at a plastic deer decoy…) I took him to shows and he won reserve champion and champion ribbons! we’re currently working on driving with a cart.

    I would LOVE to have another Cream Draft! I have NEVER seen a draft horse be more gentle, willing, and excited about working and being around people! He wants to be everyones best friend!

    Sorry for the long post i just want people to know how wonderful American Creams are in all aspects of riding (he even does dressage!) and the fantastic personality! I hope they become more popular!!


  3. Alison

    I like the caspian and the canadian and the dole.. All these horses are beautiful. How can anyone really choose a favorite?? I mean come on. Horses are like a bag of potato chips. You just can’t have one…. Remember that.

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