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Official State Horses

Official horses listed by adoption year. (List by state or year).
State Name Designated as YearList by adoption year
Vermont Morgan horse State animal 1961
Massachusetts Morgan horse Horse or horse emblem of the commonwealth 1970
Alabama Racking horse Official state horse of Alabama 1975
Idaho Appaloosa horse State horse of the state of Idaho 1975
New Jersey Horse (Equus caballus) New Jersey State Animal 1977
North Dakota The Nokota horse An honorary equine of North Dakota 1993
Kentucky Thoroughbred horse State horse of Kentucky 1996
Tennessee Tennessee walking horse Official state horse 2000
Missouri Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Official state horse of the state of Missouri 2002
Maryland Thoroughbred horse State horse 2003
Florida Florida Cracker Horse (Marshtackie) Official Florida state horse 2008
Texas American quarter horse Official State Horse of Texas 2009
North Carolina Colonial Spanish Mustang Official horse of the State of North Carolina 2010
South Carolina Marsh tacky Official State Heritage Horse of South Carolina 2010
Alaska [ None ]    
Arizona [ None ]    
Arkansas [ None ]    
California [ None ]    
Colorado [ None ]    
Connecticut [ None ]    
Delaware [ None ]    
Georgia [ None ]    
Hawaii [ None ]    
Illinois [ None ]    
Indiana [ None ]    
Iowa [ None ]    
Kansas [ None ]    
Louisiana [ None ]    
Maine [ None ]    
Michigan [ None ]    
Minnesota [ None ]    
Mississippi [ None ]    
Montana [ None ]    
Nebraska [ None ]    
Nevada [ None ]    
New Hampshire [ None ]    
New Mexico [ None ]    
New York [ None ]    
Ohio [ None ]    
Oklahoma [ None ]    
Oregon [ None ]    
Pennsylvania [ None ]    
Rhode Island [ None ]    
South Dakota [ None ]    
Utah [ None ]    
Virginia [ None ]    
Washington [ None ]    
West Virginia [ None ]    
Wisconsin [ None ]    
Wyoming [ None ]    
The Kingfisher Illustrated Horse and Pony Encyclopedia
Horse and Pony

Sandy Ransford

The Kingfisher Illustrated Horse and Pony Encyclopedia, by Sandy Ransford. 224 pages. Publisher: Kingfisher; Revised and Updated edition (October 12, 2010) Reading level: Young adult.

The Kingfisher Illustrated Horse & Pony Encyclopedia is a fantastic gift for children who dream of having a horse or pony of their own. There is a clear introduction to the horse followed by chapters explaining horse and pony care, riding lessons, and breeds. The encyclopedia is packed full of gorgeous photographs of horses and ponies -- showing how they look, what they do, and where in the world they are found. And of course every horse lover wants to ride, and The Kingfisher Illustrated Horse & Pony Encyclopedia takes the novice rider from first mount to cantering and galloping.

Storey's Illustrated Guide to 96 Horse Breeds of North America

Storey's Illustrated Guide to 96 Horse Breeds of North America, by Judith Dutson. 416 pages. Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (October 1, 2005)

It is impossible to imagine the history of North America without the horse. For more than 500 years, horses have served as workers and warhorses, as companions and partners. In this first-ever comprehensive tribute, equestrian author and expert Judith Dutson captures the spirit of these noble animals and provides a wealth of information about each breed’s particular history, special uses, conformation standards, and much more. Handsome, full-color action photographs and explanatory drawings enliven every page.

This 96-breed panorama covers North America's remarkable diversity of horse breeds, from the popular and well known to the rare and obscure.

Horsekeeping on a Small Acreage: Designing and Managing Your Equine Facilities
Horsekeeping on
a Small Acreage

Cherry Hill

Horsekeeping on a Small Acreage: Designing and Managing Your Equine Facilities, by Cherry Hill. Hardcover: 320 pages, Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; 2 edition (March 1, 2005)

In this thoroughly updated edition of her best-selling classic, Cherry Hill teaches you how to be a responsible steward of the land and refine your “horsekeeping consciousness” while providing horses with the best care possible. A thorough understanding of horses is critical to good horsekeeping. Hill explains the behavior and needs of the horse, then helps you choose a management method that fits your lifestyle and locale. Read this book, and learn how to maximize your horsekeeping effectiveness with careful planning of facilities and diligent management routines that will keep horses happy, healthy, and safe.