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Kirghiz Horse

Country of Origin: Russia



Also called the Kirgizskaya, the Kirghiz breed has very few pure members left, however they were once the purest & most plentiful of the Mongolian breeds in Russia.


This breed is of ancient origin and it’s history is intimately bound to that of the Krighiz people who have long been nomadic cattle breeders. This horse breeding culture has been in place since as far back as 2000 BC, long before the Mongols came to the area on their tough little horses.

These animals are kept outside year round in largely difficult conditions the pastures that feed them are mountain valleys. This breeds a hardy, well adapted little mountain horse that can handle treacherous terrain. Unfortunately the lack of pure numbers come from a need for larger animals and a lack of formal breeding programs when crossed.

This breed is unique in that research has shown that a six year old Kirghiz, upon being given better feed will begin to grow again for a short time. This is an adaptive trait that is solely their own.


Average height 12.3 – 14 hands


Head is large with a straight profile
Neck is short & muscular
Back is straight & medium in length
Legs are short, and lean with well developed joints
Hooves are incredibly firm

Traditional Colors

chestnut | grey | bay


Riding horse
Pack animal

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