Thursday, January 27, 2011

Karabakh Horse of Armenia


Armenia Post issued the fauna stamp series feature the Karabakh horse on February 14, 2005. This species is very specific horse of Armenia. Prior to the 19th century Karabakh had a great and substantial influence in improving horse breeds, which gave the opportunity to breed a horse with the specific features called Karabakh horse.

The Karabakh horse also known as Karabakh, is a mountain-steppe racing and riding horse. It is named after the geographic region where the horse was originally developed, Karabakh in the Southern Caucasus, an area that is de jure part of Azerbaijan but the highland part of which is currently under the control of Armenia. The breed is noted for its good temper and speed.


The Karabakh horse is not large, its build is peculiar to the saddle horses, it is sturdy, the muscles are well-developed, the head is small and has the expressive features, eyes are alert. The average measurements of stallions are: height at withers 147cm, oblique body length 149cm, chest girth 169cm, cannon bone girth 18.6 cm.

The loin is straight, short wide, the chest is deep. The limbs are properly set, the skin is tin, hair-side is soft and gleaming, the hair of forelock, mane and tail is tin. The colour is chestnut or bay with a characteristics golden tint.

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