The high level of development of horse breeding among the Alans is evidenced by archeological data and written sources. Thus, an excellent Alanian horse is reported by an anonymous Armenian author of the 9th century (according to other sources – the 11th century), referred to by some researchers as the Pseudo-Shapuh Bagratuni. In his work, he presents Alanya as a country in which there are many “noble horses” [7, p. 76]. Probably, noble horses are understood as purebred Alanian riding horses, distinguished by purity of blood and superior to other breeds by a combination of qualities necessary for a good riding horse.
Seljuk Sultans, who captured vast territories in the Middle East during the pre-Mongol period, were true admirers and deep connoisseurs of riding horses. Of all the known horse breeds, they usually chose between horses brought from Hungary or the Caucasus. Eastern authors call Caucasian horses “Tavlinsky” [4, p. 56]. Continue reading
This wonderful breed of horses can rightfully be proud of its rather long history. Once such horses were indispensable for riders during the war, because the courage and balanced nature of these amazing animals were highly valued. Currently, bright representatives of the breed are used only as sports horses.
Holstein variety of horses
The Holstein breed of horses can be safely called the oldest among all German half-breeds, because it has been mentioned in the literature for several centuries. For example, in the distant 17th century, horses that were bred in this area were very popular among residents of Italy, France, Denmark. In the veins of an old horse – a representative of the Holstein family – the blood of Spanish, German, Neapolitan, Eastern horses flowed. Continue reading