|This horse in his remaining large numbers is the purest and most typical representative of the Mongolian group of horses. He is bred on the vast area from the Caspian Sea to the central Asia region, in the Kyrghystan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and China. This area is about 3 millions square kilometers large, which is almost a half of the formal Soviet Union.|
|This is a small horse, in the withers 130 to 135 cm (12'3 - 13'1 hands), with a straight head from the profile by the mares and by the stallions slightly “Roman nosed”, with wide “jaws”. These horses carry their heads low to the ground, because they have low set [short and backward (elk)] neck, which is explained by their constant search for food; the torso is fairly long, tight and often “sway” back very strongly tied in loins to the hindquarters, which is not usual in most breeds. The back alone is relatively short in these animals, however they have very long and wide hips. The width of the chest is not wide, legs are short with strong joints, strong tendons and small, tough hoofs. The hind stand is for most part “cow hock”. The spavin, the navicular and hoof diseases are very seldom present. The coat is in the summer short and tight and in the winter they grow light, curly and very thick and long hair. In color the Kirgiz horses are mostly palominos, yellow to gray shades, chestnuts, bays, but sometimes even paints or “tigers”.|
Kirgiz horse is late maturing,
because he needs five years for his full development. He is very
undemanding, satisfied with very little food even of poor quality. He
still remains very healthy and with medium care/food has long life. They
are known however, for their speed and endurance and without any extra
effort can gallop 4 to 4 and half hours. These physiological
characteristics of Kirgiz horses are the result of their adaptation to the
nomadic life of the Kirgiz
people that are for most part settled in this age, but there still
remain numbers of nomads today.
The most valued characteristic of the Kirgiz horse is his endurance over long distances, speed and quickness of movement, further more not being spooky and being able to endure hunger, thirst, bad weather, his toughness under rider or weight as a pack horse; undemanding in feeding and care with dry build of the body. This unusual toughness of the Kirgiz horse can be understood only if we get familiar with the hard “pasture” lifestyle, lasting many centuries, to which the horse as well as the people completely adopted. This horse spends all his life outside under the sky, in blizzards, cold, freezing winds, rains and thunderstorms, in dust and immense heat of the sun. The winter they spend in hunger for most part and if there was sufficient grazing through the summer months, they manage to store enough fat from which they live like the camels for example do. In winter the only horse feed is dry grass, which they dig out from under the snow.
Mongolian horses today -
The Kirgiz horse is typical
mountain horse. He demonstrates great endurance at work in the high
mountain climate of lower atmospheric pressure and thin air. The Kirgiz
horse easily and calmly handles steep mountain climbs or descents above
deep ravines, he is surefooted in narrow mountain trails and crossing the
strong stream rivers and walking at ease over large scattered rocks.
In the vast breeding region there are
recognized three types of the Kirgiz horses:
Ludvik K Stanek a.k.a.
from the 1953 Special Zoo-Technique - Breeding of Horses
Published in 1953 by the Czechoslovakian Academy of Agricultural Science and certified by the Ministry of Agriculture.
Written by: MVDr Ludvik Ambroz, Frabtisek Bilek, MVDr Karel Blazek, Ing. Jaromir Dusek, Ing. Karel Hartman, Hanus Keil, pro. MVDr Emanuel Kral, Karel Kloubek, Ing. Dr. Frantisek Lerche, Ing. Dr Vaclav Michal, Ing. Dr Zdenek Munki, Ing. Vladimir Mueller, MVDr Julius Penicka, pro. MVDr Emil Pribyl, MVDr Lev Richter, prof. Ing. Dr Josef Rechta, MVDr Karel Sejkora and Ing. Dr Jindrich Steinitz.