The rare breed for this fine Monday morning comes from beautiful Brazil. The BaixadeiroHorse is a small horse inhabiting the heavy marshlands of Brazil & is presently the recipient of a conservation program in an attempt to save them from extinction.
Trouble in Paradise
The Baixadeiro Horse of the Lower Maranhense is an extremely old breed that looks somewhat like the Pantaneiro Horse of the same area, but they are much smaller. This breed is dismally under-developed most likely because they inhabit lands that are virtually wetlands most of the year. Read more
The rare breed for this week comes from France & they are absolutely enormous (& literally bred for huge). The Auxois is losely related to the Ardennes horse & since the start of the 20th century have been bred specifically for their immense size.
The Auxois owes some of their bloodlines to the Ardennes & the two breeds are very similar in size & shape. In addition to Ardennes blood the Auxois lines contain a cross between Bourguingnon type, Percheron & Boulonnais blood. Read more
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
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