The rare breed for this Monday comes from the Northwest of Spain. The Asturcón Pony (or Asturian Pony) possesses a natural ambling gait by which they alternate moving both legs on one side.
Thought to be a cross of the Garrano ponies of northern Portugal & Spain (which are direct descendants of the Celtic pony) & the Sorraia of Iberia. Neither of these bloodlines produce the ambling gait, so it is thought that some of the Celtic ponies (which are similar to Icelandic ponies) were amblers. Read more
Why We Like It
How could we not like this picture. It provides us a snapshot into a fun afternoon frolic. This old girl has got all four feet off the ground & has almost achieved liftoff! She is a lovely animal & we wish we’d had front row seats at her frolic.
The rare breed for this week comes from the horse infested land of Mongolia. The Astrakhan is also called the Kalmykskaya & Kalmyk. They are ancient & a member of the Mongolian equine group
The Astrakhan breed went to Russia from Dzungaria in the 17th century, brought by the Kalmyk people. The breed was described as plain, medium-sized animals that were very tough & possessed speedy gaits. They were hardy, useful animals & were traditionally bred in the territory along the Volga & Ural rivers. This continued until the mid 1940s when selective breeding in any official capacity ended. Read more
Why We Like It
This is a really simple image, but there is something about the contrast & balance that we really like. Of course we do love a pretty palomino as much as the next horse lover too. While it may be simple, it’s clear as a bell & you have to love that little patch of white on his cheek.