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Horse Articles :: Horse Breeds Glossary - W

Horse Breeds Glossary - W


Originally from Wales, the Welsh Mountain pony is a highly adaptable, intelligent horse. Not only can the Welsh Pony adapt to harsh environmental conditions, such as severe winters, sparse vegetation and poor shelter in the early days of Wales, but they have also been known to adapt to the needs of humans. Welsh Pony's love people and respond well when treated properly. Perfect for children and adults alike.

The Welsh pony is said to cross well and improve any breed that they are matched with. A purebread Welsh Pony is proud, with stamina and a sound body, an even temper and spirit. Welsh pony's may be gray, cream, black, chestnut or roan in color.

Welsh ponies found their way to the American breeders in 1889, with George e. Brown of Illinois importing a large number of Welsh Pony & Cob (the "COB" portion of the breed's name was dropped in 1946).

Before the car was invented, a welsh Cob was the fastest type of transportation, and many doctors would own the breed in order to get to their patients as quickly as possible.


Sometimes called "Arab-Barb", the West African Barb is located in the western regions of Africa. The breed originated from the Barb breed, and is used for both draft purposes and riding. Most West African Barb horses are grey.


Sometimes called the "Darfur Pony, Kordofani, or Gharkawi", the breed is located in both southern Darfur and southwestern Sudan, in Kordofan. The breed is chestnut, light bay or grey, and typically has white markings.


The Wielkopolski is sometimes called "Mazursko-Poznanski", and is found in west-central Poland. The Wielkopolski was a breed developed from the combination of Mazury and Poznan breeds in 1964.


the Xilingol breed was developed in teh 1960's from a Chinese Mongolian, Sanhe, and a Russian Thoroughbred, Akhal-Teke. It's a light horse that can be used for draft purposes and riding.

Xilingol horses live in the central, inner part of Mongolia.


The Yakut breed of horses consists of three types, each based on the geographic location of the horse. The Yakut was developed in the harsh conditions found in north and central Siberia, Russia.

Of the three types of Yakut horses, the Middle Kolyma is the most valuable. It is the smaller of the three types of Yakut's, and has not been crossed with any improved breeds. The Middle Kolyma has greater size, coarse heads, with straight necks of average length, and short legs. The hair on their bodies is extremely thick and long to help shield the horses from the extreme cold conditions. Middle Kolyma stallions are about 139cm tall with a body length of 148cm. The larger Yakut type of Verkhoyansk is 141 cm in height and 149 cm body length.

Yakut horses are usually bay, grey or a greyish brown color. Most native Yakut's have a grid-like pattern on the shoulder and a dark stripe that goes down the horses back.

Yakut's are good meat producers, as well as high milk yielding horses with over 1200 kg of sellable milk produced in a six month lactation period.


Found in the north Xinjiang in China, the Yanqi is a pony breed primarily used for riding and as a draft horse. The Yanqi breed was developed from Mongolian, with Don and Orlov Trotter in the breeding.


The Yili is a breed of horse that lives in China's northwestern Xinjiang region. Yili's are used for riding and driving, and also as milk producing horses and for meat purposes.

Yili horses are typically chestnut, black or brown in color and are of Mongolian type. The breed began in 1900 by crossing Russian breeds with native Mongolian breeds.

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