A horse Bred In The Altai Mountains Of Siberia…

This breed takes it’s name from the Altai mountains in Southern Siberia & like many breeds in unforgiving climates, they are built solidly and are very sure-footed. These animals have always been relied on to carry people & other precious cargo over mountainous terrain or through fast moving rivers

Through their relative physical isolation, for many years their bloodlines remained fairly pure & new blood was never an accident. Until early in the 20th century when different breeds were introduced to the Altai stock with the intention of creating larger animals with more capacity for work

While there may have been new blood introduced over the years, there is always a portion of the breed that is kept pure to maintain a strain of their ancient gene pool. In fact, there are still small bands of aboriginal horses in some regions of the Upper Altai even today & their physical characteristics retain many of the qualities of their ancestors

The Sure Footed Altai Horse

This Mare Is a Lovely Example Of The Altai Breed

The average height is quite small at normally 13.2 – 13.3 hands, they perform well under harsh conditions and they have the following physique

Large, coarse head with small eyes
Short, fleshy neck
Long, dipped back
Legs are short & well-set
Feet and strong & sound

Traditional Colours are black, chestnut, grey and bay

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