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How Many Different Horse Breeds *Are* There?

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Several different horses gallop in a line. How many different breeds of horse are there today?

Approximately how many different horse breeds are there in existence around the world today?

A) About 100.

B) About 400.

C) About 850.

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ANSWER: B is correct. Although there’s only one species of domestic horse, within that species there are about 400 different breeds around the world.

[MORE FUN! Here’s some breed-specific trivia for you.]

Since the time of the horse’s domestication, breeding for specialized purposes—such as warfare, farm work, harness and drayage, hunting, racing, ranch work, etc.—has resulted in a wide range of body types and temperaments within the hundreds of different breeds.

Differentiation within breeds is also apparent, as in the variances between, say, a Quarter Horse bred for cattle work and one destined for hunter under saddle competition.

[RELATED: Quarter Horses vs. Arabians for reining.]

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