THE KARABAKH HORSE
Many people ask the question: how did the horse of the ancient Hungarian-Hunnish-Avar warriors look like? Was it a short Hucul horse? Or a noble Akhal-Teke? Or an Arab?
We have found the answer among the horses, bred at the Caucasus, in Azerbaijani. This horse breed is called Karabakh. Karabakh horses have been being used for centuries, there are some descriptions already from the 4th century about them. The breed characteristics have been influenced mainly by steppe, mountain and Turkmen breeds.
Due to its toughness and steady walk it was rather used for carrying goods at first, but because of its speed and bravity it performed well in different traditional equestrian games many centuries ago.
The proof of its popularity, that in the 1700's, after a victorious battle over the Irani people, Russians captured only Karabakh horses - about houndred-thousands -, which were carried back to Azerbaijani later. Actually the breed has been officially recorded since then.
In Iran its related breed, the deliboz can be still found. In these breeds there's less Arab blood, and much more Turkmen, which contributed to the toughness, speed and excellent tolerance of this breed.
Genetically this horse breed is the closest to the war horses found in Hungarian-Avar tombs.
Its body reflects the impression of a perfect horse. It's short, only 145-154 cm tall. It has got small, characteristic head, straight profile, wide forehead. With its high-set, muscular, refined neck it gives a dignified impression.
In its colours the gleaming metal-colour is the prevalent, which refers to its Turkmen character.
It turns easily, but it is very enduring and easy to control, therefore the Karabakh horse is the most suitable for equestrian games. This is the reason why we would like to use it for mounted archery and other equestrian games.
We brought this horse breed to Hungary 2 years ago and would like to breed it. Actually not only breed the Karabakh horse but cross-breeding it with other breeds our aim is to revive the ancient Hungarian horse horse.
We would like to keep it with another steppe horse and selecting the most suitable ones cross-breed the two breeds. However it will not give the expected result. Therefore we will make the breed finer by getting horses from Iran and Turkmenistan.
We will continue cross-breading until we get the muscular, stable, but graceful, light, steady horse, which turns easily and can be guided easily, and what we called the ancient Hungarian horse.
We would like to continue where its history finished in the 1700's.
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