In central and sourthern Tajikistan, the Lokai horse is
bred. They are considered to be a saddle breed with Oriental
lineage and developed by the Uzbek Lokai tribe. The tribe
used local medium sized horses and various Central Asian breeds
(including the Iomud) and improved them with Arabian stallions
from Bukhara and Akhal-Teke.
The Lokai horses are short, and are not very uniform in
their conformation. Sometimes the head is coarse but other
times the horses of the breed do not exhibit coarse heads.
Most are about 145 cm in height at the withers, with legs
not always properly set.
Lokai horses are known for extreme hardiness, and have great
endurance when under the saddle for riding, or the pack. In
national games, specifically the kok-par,the Lokai perform
The Losino breed of horses is bred in the Losa Valley of
Burgos, Spain. It's related to many of the breeds that came
from the Cantabrian-Pyrenean branch, including the Galician
pony, the Portuguese Garrano, the Asturian pony, the Basque
Pottok, Merens horse, Sorraia, the Thieldon, the Navarre horse
and the Catalan horse, which is now extinct.
As with many horse breeds, the Losino breed experienced
alarming decreases in numbers when the farming switched to
mechanization, and when meat breeds and donkeys were crossed
with Losino breeds. In 1986 there were only about 30 Losino
remaining, but in 1999, thanks to a project for reviving the
breed by the Breeding and Selection Center of the Losino Horse,
the number had climbed to 200 horses.
The Losino breed weighs between 300 and 350 kg, and have
average height of about 137 cm. Their heads are considered
large with fine features and a straight profile. The Losino
have strong necks that are straight, and actually stick out
a bit. Characteristically, the Losino's have abundant manes
and tails with long hair, which grows thicker and longer during
the winter months as a natural defense against the cold weather.
The Lusitano breed, found in Portugal, is also known as
Lusitanian, Peninsular or Portguese. They are extremely similar
in appearance to the Andalusian horses from Spain. It is a
common belief that both the Andalusian and the Lusitano originated
from a common source, but the Andalusian breed has developed
an Oriental head shape while the Lusitano has a convex profile
that is more closely matched to the old Andalusian or Iberian.
The Portuguese set up a stud Book for the Lusitano breed,
in order to monitor and further improve the breeding program
of their horses. The Lusitano features genetic abilities from
years of being war horses, and make them wonderful in the
bullfighting rings of Portugal. Horses must be agile and remain
calm as the bullfighting in Portugal does not result in the
killing of the bulls in the bullring.
The height of Lusitano horses is about 15.1 hands, but some
grow over 16 hands. Most often gray or bay, they can actually
be found in any true color, including chestnut. They have
long and noble heads and a convex profile, with large, almond
shaped eyes. Their neck is powerful, and they have dense bone
in fine legs. Their movement is agile, and the Lusitano can
be rode comfortably.
A pony breed found in Sengal, the M'Bayer calls the Baol
region it's home. It is believed that the M'Bayar evolved
from the Barb breed. Often used with Fleuve to develop the
Fouta breed, the M'Bayar horses are bay or chestnut colored.
The Malopolski breed of horses is found in Poland. The breed
originated from the Kielce and Lblin breeds in 1963, and is
used as a draft horse and as a light riding horse.
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