Beasts of Burden: Amazing Horse Photos

Arabian Horse

An Arabian bay horse eye

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An Arabian bay horse. Most modern horses, with the exception of the truly wild Przewalski's Horse, are either domesticated or feral descendants of once-domestic horses.

Przewalski's Horse

Przewalski's Horse

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The Przewalski's Horse (Equus ferus) is a success story, improving its status from critically endangered to endangered. Originally, it was listed as "Extinct in the Wild" in 1996, but thanks to a captive breeding program and a successful reintroduction program, the population is now estimated at more than 300, according to the IUCN.


Clydesdale horse at a rodeo

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The iconic Clydesdale adds catchet to the Budweiser beer brand.

Midnite the Miniature Horse

Midnite the miniature horse

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Midnite the miniature horse was born without one of his back legs. Abused by his owners, the tiny pony was rescued by law officials and given to volunteers at a charity ranch in Fort Worth, Texas. He was just weeks away from being put down when a local prosthetics company — that usually makes prosthetic devices for humans — agreed to make Midnite a new leg. After the fitting, the 4-year-old horse was able to gallop for the first time in his life.

Wild Horses

Wild horses in maryland

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A group of wild horses (descended from domestic stock) on the beach on Assateague Island, Maryland.

Ancient and Modern Horses

Sifrhippus, the earliest known horse was tiny compared to today's horses.

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An illustration of the earliest-known horse Sifrhippus, dwarfed next to a modern domestic horse.

Wild Mustangs

Wild mustangs fight for breeding rights.

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Two male mustangs vie for breeding rights.


An appaloosa horse running.

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An appaloosa, known for its spotted coat, runs through the snow. (This photo corrects a previous version.)

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