Friday, 9 March 2012

Wild horses

Caspian horse
It started with four basic wild horses. The Northern European horses were used to a cold and damp climate. This animal was small, sturdy and heavy with thick heavy coats.
The Oriental horses were used to the hot weather of western Asia. These animals were very fast and agile. They are ancestors of the Caspian horse we still know today.
Ardennais horse
The Warmblood or Forest Horse lived in Europe’s forests and swamplands. Warm-blood horses still exist in Europe. They developed for example into the Ardennais horse which still exists today. 
Tarpan horse
  The third basic wild horse was the Tarpan type horse. They lived in northern Asia and were used to dry climate. This wild horse developed into the tarpan horse. The tarpan horse died in the 19th century because the human race eradicated this species.
Dülmener pony                                                           Sorraia horses 

Many wild horses died during the ice age but there are still a few wild horses left like the Exmoor, German Dülmener, Sorraia and Caspian.

Przewalski horse
There is also the wild horse Przewalski horse. It is named after the Russian explorer Nikolai Michailowitsch Przewalski. This animal was very rare, even at its discovery. Today the wild horse just lives in zoos or in animal parks. It is about 134 to 146 centimetre tall and weighs between 240 and 300 kilograms. There have been a few projects since 1990 to bring the Przewalski again into the wild. In 1992 they flew the first horses into the Southwestern Mongolia.   
Pictures: Google images

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