Haflinger is an old breed of low horses, bred in the mountains of Austria, in Tyrol. The history of the halflinger can be traced back to the Middle Ages, when writers mentioned a population of horses of the eastern type living in the mountains of South Tyrol on the territory of modern Austria and northern Italy. Many villages and farms in Tirol could be reached only through narrow mountain paths, moving and carrying goods, which were only capable of agile and dexterous horses. The paintings of this area at the beginning of the 19th century depicted neat little horses with riders and packs traveling on steep mountain roads.
The first official documentation representing the halflinger (named after the Tyrolean village of Hafling, modern Italy) was provided in 1874, when a stallion who founded the breed, 249 Foley, was born from a crossbred Arab 133 El Bedawi XX and a local Tyrolean mare. Continue reading
The Trakehna breed of horses owed its appearance to the work of East Prussian scholars – breeders, who carried out colossal work to create a strong and hardy horse, whose calling was to serve as the Prussian cavalry. It was necessary to bring such horses that could quickly adapt to any climatic and domestic conditions, were not afraid of long transitions and physical exertion, and were also bold and decisive. Photo of the horse of the Trakenens breed Thus, to please the needs of those years when the territory of the Prussian Empire knights came in – proud carriers of the Teutonic Order – specialists decided to create for their warriors a special kind of horses that would become loyal assistants in protecting the integrity of the state. To begin with, scientists conducted a number of studies, engaged in crossing Zhmudskie mares with stately eastern horses. Continue reading