Rare Horses of the World K – O

Rare Horses K-OThere are way too many of these rare breeds, many that started out with small numbers may be the worst hit. Sadly much of the decline in horse breeds is simply because they’ve ‘outlived their usefulness’.

With so many breeds hanging on by a thread I wanted to draw as much attention to them as I could – they each have such an interesting story to tell! The third installment of rare equine breeds, this addition is dedicated to the Kaimanawa Wild Horse all the way to the Orlov Trotter.

Breeds You Don’t See Everyday

Kaimanawa Wild Horse

Build – Medium sized, well muscled horse with well set ears and a short, deep neck and a deep girth.
Nature – Intelligent, adaptable, tough and surefooted.
Colors – Found in all colors and patterns
Origin – Genes from various gene pools.
More information – Kaimanawa Wild Horse

Kiger Mustang

Build – A small mustang with fine, pointed ears, a broad flat forehead, a deep chest and a short, broad back.
Nature – Like any wild horse, high energy, tough and well suited to live on low quality diets.
Colors – Kigers carry a dominant dun gene, so their colors always display dun attributes.
Origin – Discovered in 1977 and their ancestry contains Spanish mustang blood.
More information – Kiger Mustang

Konik Horse

Build – A short horse with a stocky build, a straight profile, deep chest and thick mane.
Nature – Strong, surefooted and willing to please.
Colors – Usually mouse grey dun.
Origin – In 1936 an attempt was made to bring the extinct tarpan breed back. The result of these attempts are what began the semi-wild herds that are the Konik horse of today.
More information – Konik

Lipizzaner Horse

Build – A powerful horse with a long muscular back, a thick neck, well-set head, deep girth, short, stocky legs and good feet.
Nature – Kind, intelligent and slow to mature.
Colors – Mainly grey, usually born dark and grey over age. However, they can also be found in brown or black (but they are rare).
Origin – Ancestry traces back over 2,000 years and their bloodlines contain Arabian and Barbary strains, the result of this is the famed Spanish Andalusian.
More information – Lipizzan

Marwari Horse

Build – Most commonly identified by their drastically inward pointed ears. The Marwari horse displays a straight profiled head, high set neck, short back, high set tail and long, smooth legs.
Nature – Gaited horses, they are high spirited and intelligent. Built for covering long, hot distances at a high-energy gait.
Colors – Found in all colors, piebalds and skewbalds traditionally favored.
Origin – Origins are unknown, but traditional accounts of their bloodlines dates back to 1212 AD and they were originally bred as a war horses.
More information – Marwari Horse

Nooitgedacht Horse

Build – Compact and sturdy medium sized pony, with a short back and sloping shoulders.
Nature – Friendly, athletic, intelligent and easy to train.
Colors – Bay, blue or red roan.
Origin – South African ponies which developed during the 18th and 19th centuries under the extreme conditions of the Basutoland highlands.
More information – Nooitgedacht Horse

Norwegian Fjord Horse

Build – Small and sturdy horse with a unique confirmation. Fjord horses have a thick, arched neck, compact body, thick mane which is traditionally kept short enough to stand straight up.
Nature – Strong and willing, with a mild temperament, built for a mix of heavy farm work and general riding.
Colors – All Fjord horses are dun in color, dorsal stripe into the mane and tail giving them a two toned look. Most common is brow dun, (bay dun); red dun; grey dun (not a real grey, grulla or blue dun); white dun (bay dun with a dilution gene); yellow dun (red dun with a dilution gene).
Origin – Ancestors are believed to have migrated to Norway over 3,000 years ago. Proximity makes their bloodlines very pure and they have been bred selectively for over 2,000 years.
More information – Norwegian Fjord

Orlov Trotter


Build – Tall, straight and lean, large head, bright eyes, an arched, high set neck. Body is strong and legs are long and lean with prominent joints.
Nature – Bred for a high stepping gait, they are tough animals with high energy. They are smart, adaptable and willing to work.
Colors – Grey, black, bay and chestnut
Origin – Developed in Russia late in the 18th century and their bloodlines are a result of breeding various European stock with Arabian stallions. American trotters developed and created the need to introduce some American stock into the lineage which almost sent the breed into extinction.
More information – Orlov Trotter

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7 Comments on “Rare Horses of the World K – O

  1. Rupert Sagar-Musgrave

    you are right that the origins of the Marwari are unknown, but it is not correct that bloodline records go back to 1212AD. I would be interested to know where you got that date from?

  2. Rupert Sagar-Musgrave

    the wikipedia site doesn’t say bloodlines go back to then, it says…
    By traditional accounts, the Marwari horse has been bred in Rajasthan since at least 1212 C.E.
    Traditional accounts here means folk stories, supposition and word of mouth. There is no documentation or records until very recently. The most authoritative information on the marwari breed is at:
    http://horseindian.com/horsebreed.htm

  3. Paige

    The Wiki can be edited by anyone at anytime. I generally don’t link to it (or use it for research) for that reason.

    I updated the post to reflect your information, thanks for contributing!

  4. Sandy

    I think you forgot a rare breed, but I can’t remember its name- thats why I went on here. It is a rare Irish breed, with only one herd on the East(I think ) Coast of Ireland. Its name definitely sounds Celtic, with a space in the middle of it, the second half starting with a ‘D’.

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