There are more than 350 breeds of horses and ponies. From working and racing to casual riding and equestrian competition, each horse has its special qualities. But there are five particular breeds and five general horse categories that stand out and capture the hearts of horse lovers everywhere. These horses typically have versatile abilities and good demeanors. They can be used for pleasure riding and competition, and many of them are suitable for first-time horse owners.

Here are 10 of the most popular horses.

Tip

Just because a horse breed is popular, that doesn’t make it low-maintenance. All horses are a big investment in terms of time, housing, care, and money. If you are considering horse ownership, weigh all these factors carefully.

Originally published at https://www.thesprucepets.com.

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