About This Site
We’re glad you stopped by! There are thousands of photos here to drool over and information on every Breyer model known to exist, as well as information on Breyer buttons
, collectors’ manuals
, and their annual Just About Horses
magazine. If you’re looking to buy new models or sell your old collection you should definitely start with the Buying and Selling
page. If you're looking for information on a particular series of models (Treasure Hunts, Holiday Horses, web specials and the like) or information on new and discontinued models by year be sure to check out the Site Index
page. Janice had started collecting Breyer model horses since the early 1970s and in 2001 created “Identify Your Breyer” in order to better share this wonderful hobby with others. The site is entirely free to use, with hosting costs paid by advertising revenues and your purchases made through this Amazon.com
link. The information you’ll find here has been obtained from many sources
and is accurate to the best of our knowledge. If you have corrections or additional information, please don't hesitate to contact us!
Identify Your Breyer is a reference site and can be treated as such. You are welcome to copy and save the information and photos found here for your personal use. This means that you can use what you find here to create your own inventory and want lists and save those lists to your personal computer. You may also copy and print information found here for use in documenting your model horse show
entries and use site material as part of your forum post, blog, or hobby article, provided that your work is substantially original. Giving source credit when you use material you've found here is greatly appreciated.
What you can never do is use material found here for personal or commercial gain. Some people try to use photos found on this site as their own, most frequently on auction websites like eBay. This is not allowed, and is wrong not only because you're using someone else's work without permission, but also, in the case of sales sites, because you are deceiving your potential buyers by showing them a picture of something other than what they're actually bidding on. As should be obvious, you also may not use Identify Your Breyer photos and text to create your own identification website, app, or online game. If you have questions about any of this this please contact us.
About the founder and curators
About Model Horse Values
We can't give you an estimate of the value of your model or your model horse collection, BUT there are many resources out there that can help you determine its worth.
Bear in mind that a model's value is simply what someone else is willing to pay for it, no matter what the price guide or sales list tells you one is going for! A great deal depends on the condition of the model being sold, as well as on the popularity of that particular model and its rarity. Your best bet to find current values is to look at what the same model in a similar condition is selling for on an online site like eBay
or Model Horse $ales Pages
. Felicia Browell, Kelly Kesicki and Kelly Korber-Weimer's Breyer Animal Collector's Guide, Fifth Edition (which is updated as the Breyer Animal Quick Reference
) is also very helpful. More information on how to estimate value can be found on the Buying and Selling
How to Identify Your Breyer
In order to identify which Breyer model you have, you'll first need to determine which scale or size series
category it falls into, from the 1:9 scale Traditional to the 1:64 scale Mini Whinnies. The categories listed above are how Breyer classifies its molds and that's how things are sorted here as well. Measure from the table to the top of your model's ears to see where it falls in the breakdown shown above, keeping in mind that the numbers above are just approximations. These measurements indicate the height of the average adult model; foals and ponies are correspondingly smaller in each size category. If you've looked and can't find your model in one size category, try the next one up or down.
2. Next you'll have to determine which mold
Breyer used to create your horse. Breyer may re-use each mold many times, depending on the popularity of the individual mold, and will vary the color and other details with each release. You can figure out which mold you have by going to the right series category ( Traditional
, etc.) and looking at the photos shown there. You're not looking for a color match, just for the same shape. Sometimes Breyer will change the shape of the mane or tail on a model, so don't rely just on that. Look instead at the action the model is taking (standing, trotting, etc.) and the general build (stocky, slender like a racehorse, etc.). Clicking on a photo will show you that picture in larger detail if you're not sure. If you think you know the mold name but don't see it try running a search of the page (usually Control F). Sometimes collectors call a mold one thing and Breyer another, leading to some confusion. The mold names you'll find on this site are what Breyer uses whenever those are known.
3. Once you know what mold you have, figuring out what model
you've got is easy! Clicking on the name of the mold (such as Adios
) will take you to the page for that mold. On that page is a description and usually a photo of every known model in that mold. Because they are painted by hand sometimes a shade will vary between light and dark, but the general color and the number of or absence of things like stockings and facial markings usually remains the same. See how easy that was?