What Kind Of Horse Was Black Beauty?

One of the most influential horses in literature is Black Beauty, but have you ever wondered what kind of horse the famous Black Beauty was? 


Black Beauty in the Novel

Black Beauty: His Grooms and Companions, the Autobiography of a horse, a novel by Anna Sewell, is considered one of the most influential books in the equine world. 

The Real Black Beauty

Many people believe Sewell based the character off a horse from her childhood named Bess.

Black Beauty in the Movies

While we may not know the exact kind of horse Anna Sewell had in mind when she wrote Black Beauty, we have seen the book come to life on the screen several times.

Animal Rights Impact of Black Beauty

As mentioned before, Anna Sewell originally wrote Black Beauty to make people more aware of the cruelty that many horses faced at the time.

There is no one answer to finding out what kind of horse breed Black Beauty was. Through the many variations of breeds that have played him on screen, and the speculations on what breed Anna Sewell originally intended, one thing is clear. 


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