Horse Breed Abbreviations

Have you ever been confused by horse breed abbreviations? It seems a horse is never simply just a horse! Here’s a quick list of common (and some not so common) horse breeds and registries:

AA = Anglo Arabian
AHR = Arabian Horse Registry
AMHA = American Miniature Horse Registry
AMHR = American Morgan Horse Registry
APHA = American Paint Horse Association
APHC = Appaloosa Horse Club
Appy = Appaloosa
AQHA = American Quarter Horse Association
Arab = Arabian
ASB = American Saddlebred
ATA = Amercian Trakehner Association
AWB = American Warmblood
BWB = Belgium Warmblood
CB = Cleveland Bay
CSHA = Canadian Sport Horse Association
CTHS = Canadian Trakehner Horse Society
CWB = Canadian Warmblood
CWHBA = Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders Association
GerWb = German Warmblood
Han = Hanoverian
Holst = Holsteiner
ISH = Irish Sport Horse
JC = Jockey Club
Kwpn (Wpn) = Dutch Warmblood
Nfwp = Belgian Warmblood
Old = Oldenburg
OTTB = Off The Track Thoroughbred
RID = Registered Irish Draught
QH = Quarter Horse
Rhein = Rheinlander
SB = Standardbred
Sf = Selle Francais
Sv = Swedish Warmblood
TB = Thoroughbred
Trak = Trakehner
TWH = Tennessee Walking Horse
WB = Warmblood
Westf = Westfalian

Am I missing anything? Leave a comment and I’ll update the list!


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  1. MFT - Missouri Fox Trotter ACD - American Cream Draft RMH - Rocky Mountain Horse KMH - Kentucky Mountain Horse

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  2. Hi from Ireland, from 2015 some ISH (Irish Sport Horses) have also (ITH) included after their name i.e. eventer Kilronan (ISH) (TIH) it stands for Traditional Irish Horse. They have a Facebook page.

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  3. ive seen AES and ZANG i cant find the breed of horse for theses abbreviations.

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    1. I found this while trying to find out what ZANG stood for as well. It is ZANGERSHEIDE.

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  4. I am also wondering about AES and ZANG. I have also seen HESS and I'm dying to k ow what it means!

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