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1. The American Quarter Horse:
Heavily muscled and compact, this is the world’s most popular and versatile horse breed—the ideal ranching mount. American Quarter Horse Assn., 806-376-4811, aqha.com
2. Paint: The second-largest breed registry in the U.S., Paints (pictured) are similar to Quarter horses in build and temperament but are spotted. American Paint Horse Assn., 817-834-2742, apha.com
3. Appaloosa: Bred by the Nez-Perce Indians for their strength, speed, and coloration, Appaloosas connote the West more than any other breed. Appaloosa Horse Club, 208-882-5578, appaloosa.com
4. Mustang: Strong and loyal, broke Mustangs retain their wild intuition, which makes them very intelligent. American Mustang & Burro Assn., ambainc.net
5. Morgan: America’s first recognized horse breed, Morgans were popular Civil War mounts prized for strength and versatility. American Morgan Horse Assn., 802-985-4944, morganhorse.com