Malapolski horse were developed in the 19th century in Lesser Poland, Polish Malopolska, hence the name. They are a versatile breed, used today for light draft and under-saddle work.
They were developed from a combination of Arabian and Thoroughbred blood, with significant contributions from the Furioso and Gidrán breeds (both strains of Hungarian Anglo-Arabian. There are two distinct varieties of the Malapolski. The first is the Sadecki, which was heavily influenced by the Furioso line, and the second is the Darbowsko-Tarnowski, heavily influenced by theGidrá and Shagya Arab Gidrán line. They were also influenced by infusions of various other Arabian and Thoroughbred half-breeds. Today, they are breed at five ...
Mallorquins, or Caballo Mallorquins, are a rare breed of horse indigenous to the island of Majorca in the Balearic Islands, from which it takes its name. They were first identified in 1985 by the Patronato para las Razas Autoctonas de Mallorca (''authority for the autochthonous breeds of Mallorca''). Mallorquin horses are listed in the Catalogo Oficial de Razas de Ganado de Espana in the group of autochthonous breeds in danger of extinction. Their status was listed in 2007 as critical by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. In 2005 the number of Mallorquin horses recorded in the stud book was 247, but a census conducted by the Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y Medio Rural y Marino in 2003 identified only 172. I ...
Mangalarga horses are from Brazil. They were first developed by Francisco Gabriel Junqueira (Baron of Alfenas) who bred Royal Alter stallions from Portugal with colonial horses in Brazil. This mix also originated the Mangalarga Marchador breed that differs from Mangalarga horses because Mangalarga Marchador’s have different, and unique, smooth gait.
When the Junqueira family moved to Sao Paulo, the topography and local culture forced them to look for a horse with different characteristics and so they started to cross breed the Mangalarga with Hackney, Morgan, American Saddle, Hanoverian, and Trakehner horses. This made the Mangalarga a completely different horse breed form the Mangalarga Marchador. They are so diffe ...
Mangalarga Marchador comes from Brazil. They possess Alter-Real blood lines that went on to be called Sublime Horses. They have a very unique gait that appears to look somewhat like a march when they walk and gallop. This gait is referred to as the marcha. In the eighteen hundreds the Sublime horses began to be purchased by those called the Hacienda Mangalarga group. It was at this point that they were no longer known as the Sublime horses and changed to the Mangalarga Marchador style of horses. They are notorious for their variances in marches including the marcha picada, the marcha batida, and the center march. One is slower, one is a diagonal pace, and the last one is thought to mimic the unique style of the Tennessee Walking H ...
The Maremmano horse originated in the Maremma region of Tuscany and Lazio at the time of the ancient Etruscans. From then until the nineteenth century it kept its original characteristics: squat, strong and skittish. Then, in about 1870, it began to be crossed with more lightly-built and docile horses. In the year 1902, the stallion Fauno was born at the Royal Stables at San Rossore, Versilia, in Tuscany. The result of a cross with an English thoroughbred, he was the first of the so-called “new generation”. The introduction of the English thoroughbred smoothed out some of the squat, rough characteristics of the original Maremmano, while also increasing its height and its rugged temperament.
This is a strong, good-tempere ...
Marwari horses comes from the Northwestern areas of India. They are notably brave and can be extremely loyal to their masters. They have quite a reputation for being warriors, ones that refuse to leave a conflictive situation if asked to. In fact, these creatures have been known to only leave a battle area if they won the fight or had to carry away their injured solider. This all further explains their ways and the methods in which they operate solely on the adoration of their owners. Also widely popular in the area of Rajasthan, this breed is said to have some form of Arabian bloodlines in them as well. It comes as no surprise to their many followers as they are notably striking in appearance, as well as stature. Only royal family ...
Masuren, or Mazury, horses are an extinct breed of horse from Poland. They were once a very notable breed and was a quality riding horse. Mainly they were developed from Trakehner horses, and crossed with Pozan horses. Masuren horses were bred at the stud at Liski in the Masuria region. In 1963 a Polish postage stamp showing a Masuren horse was issued.
Mecklenburgers are warmblood horses from the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern region of north-eastern Germany. They have been closely linked to the State Stud of Redefin. Historically influenced by Arabian and Thoroughbred blood, today''s Mecklenburger is an athletic riding and driving horse similar to the neighboring Hanoverian. They are bred to the same standards as the other German Warmbloods, and are especially suitable for dressage and show jumping, though they are used for combined driving, eventing and show hunter competition as well.
The region today known as Mecklenburg-Vorpommern was, until 1934, composed of the duchies of Mecklenburg-Schwerin and Mecklenburg-Strelitz. However, the region was united by virtue of bei ...
Very little is known about Megezh horses, other than that they can be grullo, roan, grey, dun, sorrel, or bay, and that they are a southern type of horse that has strains of Yakut, Olekminsk, and Suntar horse breeds. Megezh is the largest type of the Yakut breed. They come from southwestern Yakutia in the region of Leninsk.
In the later part of the l9th century a tough horse with great endurance was needed for gold mining purposes. Thus Yakut and Kuznet breeds were crossed and the Megezh Horse emerged. The cross produced horse was strong and able to perform mining work. They are 14-15.1 hh. Other uses included milk and meat production.
Menorquin Horses, or Cavall Menorqui, are indigenous to the island of Menorca in the Balearic Islands, from which they get their name. They are closely associated with the doma menorquina style of riding.
Menorca was under Moorish domination from 903–1287. According some sources, research has shown links between the Menorquín and Arab breeds, while others have shown it to be of Berber origin, and yet others believe that it was brought to Menorca from central Europe by King James I of Aragon. According to the Government of the Balearic Islands, it belongs to the eastern group of indigenous Iberian horses which also included the now extinct Catalan horse.
Menorquin horses were officially recognized ...
Messara (also known as Cretan) horses are a light riding and draft horse found on the island of Crete off the coast of Greece.
The native mountain-type Messara pony exists on the island of Crete since year 1000 or longer. The name comes from the Mesara Plain where they are mostly found. The modern Cretan horse was developed by crossing the native mares on Arabian stallions imported during the Turkish occupation in the 17th century. They are now a rare breed with around 100 representatives. Since 1994 there exists a studbook and conservation program has been started.
Their main coat colors are bay, brown (a variation of bay), black, and gray. They usually stand between 12.2 and 14 hands high. Most Mes ...
Miniature horses are, as expected, small…really small; usually less than 34–38 inches (86–97 cm) as measured at the last hairs of the mane, which are found at the withers. While miniature horses are the size of a very small pony, many retain horse characteristics and are considered "horses" by their respective registries. They have various colors and coat patterns.
Miniature horses are friendly and interact well with people. For this reason they are often kept as family pets, though they still retain natural horse behavior, including a natural fight or flight instinct, and must be treated like an equine, even if they primarily serve as a companion animal. They are also trained as service animals, akin to assistance d ...
Minusin horses come from the Minusin Valley in the south part of the Krasnodar region (Former Soviet Union) and was developed by the people native to the area who have been breeding horses for hundreds of years. As the needs for agriculture began to grow the breed was infused with the blood of Don, Thoroughbred, and trotter stallions to provide it with needed size.
They have a large head, Roman nose, thick neck, large trunk, and wide chest. Their legs are spindly but strong. They come in a variety of coat colors including bay, dun, grulla, palomino and buckskin.
Misaki Horses (Misaki uma in Japanese) are as tall of a pony, yet they have many horse characteristics and proportions. The first reference to Misaki Horses is in 1697, when the Akizuki family of the Takanabe Clan rounded up feral horses and developed a pool of breeding stock. However, following the end of World War II, Misaki horses were designated as a National Natural Treasure and nowadays they have returned to feral life, mainly in a designated National Monument on Cape Toi at the south end of the Miyazaki Prefecture, attracting many tourists to the region.
Monchino, or Monchinu, horses are indigenous to the Valle de
Guriezo in the Cantabria region of northern Spain, and the neighbouring Biscay
province. They are listed in the Official Catalogue of Livestock Breeds of
Spain (Catalogo Oficial de Razas de Ganado de Espana) in the group of
autochthonous breeds in danger of extinction. The word monchinu means
highlander, from the mountains, in Cantabrian.