the popular breeds really depend on the discipline that the owner is doing. The boerperd is a native breed that is very popular as they are hardy and are very versatile. In sport, South African Sport Horses or Warmbloods are very popular, as well as Off The Track Thoroughbreds. Friesians are also growing in popularity.
Hey Karrygon ! There are two native horse breeds in South Africa, the Cape Farm Horse and the Historical Farm Horse ! There are not really famous but they exist !
The first came from Indonesia and were crossbreeds between Arabian and Barbs and the second originated under South African skies !