Horse breeds

1. Belgian draught – The world’s largest horse was a Belgian draught named Brooklyn Supreme, who weighed 1,500 kilograms (3,307 pounds) and stood 198 centimetres (78 inches) tall.

2. Camargue
 – Native to the wetlands of southern France, the Camargue may be one of the oldest breeds in the world. Semi-feral populations date back thousands of years.

3. Icelandic – By law it’s decreed this is the only breed of horse that’s allowed on Iceland. They have two unique gaits: a four-beat, ambling gait and a two-beat, side-to-side ‘flying gait’.

4. Lipizzaner
 – Bred by the Habsburg nobility in the 16th century and made famous by the Spanish Riding School of Vienna for their high jumping and stylised dressage manoeuvres.

5. Thoroughbred
– All modern Thoroughbreds are descended from one of three stallions imported to Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries. They are good at both racing and showjumping.

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