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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Russians and Lost Horse Breeds

"Lost" Caspian Horse Breed
     Following up on Bruderthaler's previous post on the Russian Mennonite or lost Russlander Horse breed, there is already precedent in re-establishing a lost horse breed.   
    In 1965, Louise Firouz, an American woman married to an Iranian, became fascinated by the depictions of horses on ancient Persian walls in Persepolis, the ancient capital of Darius the Great.  She found similar horses in the steppes of northern Iran despite there being no mention of the breed since the 7th Century AD (CE).
Reproduction of Persepolis Carving.
    She named her horses "Caspians" after the area in which she found them and started breeding them.  Despite their small size, they are horses, not ponies.  (Ponies are generally considered small draft horses, but the Caspian has an entirely different build rather like an Arab horse.)
    The breed is numerically small in numbers but now exists in Iran, Great Britain and the United States.
     If a present-day horse lover, perhaps of Mennonite, Amish or Anabaptist descent wished to invetigate and re-restablish a stud of the lost Russlander or Russian Colonist Breed, it would be likely that the present Russian and Ukrainian governments would not object since the whole procedure would have positive historical nationalistic overtones.

Jim Edminister
submitted Jan 26

Caspian Horse colt and mare


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