NEW KIRGIZ HORSE
When farms in Russia crossed local horses of the Thoroughbred
and the Don, they ended up with the breed called New Kirgiz.
This breed is adapted to highland conditions, and are most
often used for meat, milk production and stock work. New Kirgiz
has short legs and a strong constition. They look much like
The New Kirgiz breed stallions are about 156 cm in height
at the withers, and a body length of 158 cm. Mares of the
breed are slightly smaller in all measurements. Their heads
are medium sized and have low necks, their backs are straight
and level with very muscled croups.
There are three types within the breed, New Kirgiz. There
is a saddle type, a thick and massive type and a standard
There are over 56,000 New Kirgiz.
A proud aspect of the Newfoundland culture and the history
of the area, the Newfoundland Pony was brought from the British
Isles by early settlers.
The characteristics of the pony includes horses that are
11 to 14 hands in height, have thick mane and tale that is
most often a brownish color. Newfoundland ponies often change
color between the seasons. They weight between 400 and 800
pounds. They have characteristically good temperaments, and
can survive on small amounts of grass and foods. They are
able to survive harsh winters because of a thick, winter coat
that grows for the coldest months.
Newfoundland ponies are hardworking. They help transport
people by back, or by cart and wagon- mostly before the car
was invented. They hauled firewood and timber. When machinary
took over most of the jobs the ponies were doing, the number
of Newfoundland ponies were drastically reduced. Many thousands
of ponies were sold to meat processing plants in Quebec.
Numbers of Newfoundland Ponies are currently increasing thanks
to restrictions and governmental intervention to help the
A light draft and riding horse that originated in Noma County,
Japan, the Noma breed is th smallest pony native to Japan
that stands at about 10 hands tall. The breed was developed
in the 17th century and descended from Mongolian stock. The
status of the Noma breed is extremely rare, with only about
27 purebreds in existence. They are preserved as part of local
Found in South Africa, in the eastern Transvaal region, the
Nooitgedacht Pony is used for draft and riding purposes. The
breed originated in the 1950's from a mixture of Basuto Pony,
Arab and Boer blood. The breed is very rare.
The origination of the Nordland pony is mostly based on speculation.
Researchers believe the horse came into Norway during very
early times, and that the horses were forced north. After
World War II, the breed was almost extinct. The breed became
scattered because of environmental conditions in Norway, and
each area gave the pony a different name. The ponies in different
areas developed characteristics according to their environments
There is some belief that the Nordland pony is a combination
of two different types of horse within the same race- the
Lyngen in Troms and another type from within Norland.
The pony's conformation is good with all colors accepted
except for dun and pied. Most dominant however are chesnut
horses. Nordland ponies are easy to train, energetic and of
good temper- they are also very willing to work. They are
mostly free from health problems and live to about the age
Most people use Nordland ponies for riding, as a pack horse
or for driving. They are great jumpers and show ponies. Their
current status is rare.
The Noric, or the Noriker, has lived and bred for over 2000
years in Austria.
The Noric breed has undergone numerous changes in characteristics
over the years of their existence, due to selective breeding
and natural selection. As the landscape and climate changed,
the horses became more of a versatile, cold blooded breed
of heavy weight. These horses could be used as carriage horses,
riding horses, and knights during the Middle Ages.
Noric horses differ from other draft or heavy breeds in a
variety of ways. Noric horses have personality, nerves, and
are qualified work horses. Most have endurance and a tame
character alongside a toughness that has been necessary for
the rough environment of their native land. Norics are not
as heavy as Belgian or Percheron horses, and so are best suited
for working in the Alpine ofrest. They are economical horses.
Now, Norics are becoming sport horses, and are used as riding
and driving horses. Because of increases in ecological awareness,
Noric horses are often used instead of machinary to work in
alpine regions. They carry tourists in carriages. The breed
is not as fertile as most people hope.
The Noric stallions tend to be about 155 cm in height at
the withers, and are found in black, chestnut and bay colors,
as well as a small percentage of leopards and roans.
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