Irish Sport Horse

 

COLOR The Irish Sport Horse can be any color, although it used to be rare to find piebalds and skewbalds.
SIZE The Irish Hunter usually stands between 15 and 17 hands high.
WEIGHT N/A
LIFE EXPECTANCY N/A
ORIGIN The Irish Hunter, or Irish Horse, originated in Ireland, and is the result of a cross between the English Thoroughbred and Irish Draft horses.
USES Irish Sport Horses are becoming increasingly popular in eventing, showjumping and in hunting events.
INFLUENCE Irish Draft and English Thoroughbred.
TEMPERAMENT Irish Hunter horse has an excellent temperament, being calm, yet lively when needed, and is very tough.

Irish Sport Horse description

The Irish Hunter, or Irish Horse, originated in Ireland, and is the result of a cross between the English thoroughbred and Irish Draft horses. Technically, the Irish Hunger is not really a breed, but a half-bred, being half Thoroughbred and half-Irish Draft. However, Irish Horses do all have very definite characteristics, and so can be classed as a breed, and their universal importance and appeal deserves a mention.

The head is well proportioned with a straight or slightly convex profile, the eyes are large and expressive, ears are nicely shaped and long and the neck is lengthy and muscular with a slight arch. The classic Hunter is well-proportioned with a sloping shoulder, strong back and loins. A well-set head allows the horse to keep balance in all paces.

Irish Sport Horse fun facts

For the 13th consecutive year the Irish Sport Horse Studbook has achieved the prestigious title of the leading studbook in the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses Eventing Rankings.