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Equine Breeds and Equestrian Tribalism

A Study of the Sakha (Yakut) Breed of Horses by Professor Ivanov Revory Vasilevich,  Doctor of Agricultural Sciences, Chief Researcher, Head. Laboratory of Horse Breeding and Breeding, Yakutsk Research Institute of Agricultural Sciences.

Yakut Horses Could be Direct Descendants of Ice Age Horse Professor Ivanov Revoriy Vasilievich, of the Yakut National Institute of Agriculture, has published a report which states that evidence indicates that the modern Yakut horse is identical in all its skeletal and exterior features to the late Pleistocene horse. Based on a wide range of evidence, Russian academics believe that the Ice Age horse did not become extinct like the mammoth, woolly rhino and other mammals, but became part of the modern fauna of Yakutia and continues to exist in the form of the modern Yakut horse.

Endangered Mustangs and Long Riders Modern equestrian travel history includes ample evidence of how American’s wild horses have proved to be excellent travelling companions for Long Riders. The Long Riders’ Guild Academic Foundation has previously published a report which documents the 1925 equinocide of America’s wild horse herds. New evidence indicates that a similar event is underway.

The Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc Cave in France is a cave that contains what is believed to be the world's oldest known representational art. The images are estimated to be between 27,000 and 32,000 years old. The photograph of the Yakut horse bears a striking resemblance to the Stone Age horse!

New study uncovers equine DNA link between Canada and Siberia  The first DNA study of wild horses in the remote Chilcotin area of British Columbia has revealed a surprising discovery. The Canadian horses share DNA traits with the Yakut horses of Siberia.

Siberia’s Yakut Horses – Though the world is full of strange and exotic horses, few can equal the amazing abilities of Siberia’s extraordinary Yakut horses, who routinely endure winters with temperatures which dip down to minus sixty. Thanks to a study written by Pearl Duval, and appearing courtesy of the Association Quebec a Cheval, these astonishing equine survivors are examined in depth.

Small Horses in Warfare, by Sir Walter Gilbey.  "The present seems an appropriate time to put forward a few facts which go to prove the peculiar suitability of small horses for certain campaigning work which demands staying power, hardiness and independence of high feeding. The circumstance that the military authorities have been obliged to look to foreign countries for supplies of such horses for the war in South Africa has suggested the propriety of pointing out that we possess in England foundation stock from which we may be able to raise a breed of small horses equal to, or better than, any we are now obliged to procure abroad.  May 1900."

Reflections on Equine Totemism – Before he became widely known as one of America’s leading anthropologists, Princeton Professor John Borneman was an equestrian scholar and avid dressage rider who studied at the German Equestrian Olympic School. Thanks to his unique combination of hands-on equine knowledge, and academic insight, Borneman created a landmark study in order to complete his Ph.D. at Harvard University. The result was an investigation into how breeds are culturally constructed and are structured on the model of ethnicity in the US. Considered a milestone in equestrian scholarship, Professor Borneman’s updated study presents the North American and European horse world in an exciting and startling new manner.

It is a horse story that has charmed generations, how hardy horses brought to North America by Spanish conquistadors went on to become the forebears of a plethora of equines commonly known today via a bewildering number of names including Spanish Mustangs, Colonial Spanish Horses, Spanish Barbs etc. Yet what has not been previously included in this debate is the “lost” study which concludes that the vast majority of all Spanish horses died soon after arriving.  Did first Spanish Horses landed in Florida and Carolina leave progeny? was written in 1940 by Thornton Chard, a celebrated equestrian scholar, who undertook this careful research for the American Anthropological Association. 

Noted wild horse expert Thornton Chard translated the scientific study of The Criollo Horse of South America, by Dr. Emilio Solanet.

Though he was a wealthy, sophisticated author and philanthropist, Edward Tinker was also a passionate horseman. In 1954 he delivered a moving speech before an international academic audience wherein he explained that despite the difference in their country of origin, he believed Horsemen are Brothers.

It was 1947 the nation of China was busy looking at what appeared to be a rosy future. Japan had been defeated and America was a grateful ally. That’s why a delegation of high-ranking Chinese military officers came to the United States. They were determined to purchase the finest horses money could buy for a new Chinese remount program. Many of America’s finest Morgan stallions were picked, then shipped to the Orient. That’s when history took a nasty turn. The Communists conquered China and all trace of the magnificent Morgans disappeared. Though a rumour arose that an American POW had seen a Chinese Communist officer riding one of the missing Morgans during the Korean conflict, all evidence of the horses was lost – until The Mystery of the China Morgans was solved by LRG-AF researcher Judi Daly

In its on-going efforts to investigate the astonishing horses who inhabit Siberia, the Long Riders’ Guild Academic Foundation is working with academics, equestrians and webmasters located in Yakutia, the legendary northern Siberian state, to study the amazingly tough Siberian Yakut horses.

"Horse-breeding is extraordinarily well developed in Turkistán.  To the natives, horses not only serve as beasts of burden but also afford them food and yield milk, out of which they prepare, amongst other things, the widely diffused and favourite beverage called koumiss (fermented milk of the mare).  The hide too of the same animal provides them with leather.  Hence the natives of Turkistán generally, and especially the nomad portion of its inhabitants, breed horses in vast numbers."  Read The Horses of Central Asia, a Russian Military Study by Lev Feofilovich Fostenko translated by Walter Gowan of British Military Intelligence in Simla, India, in 1883.

Presenting the Thai, the little horse of Thailand - an article in Proequo, the Organization for the Protection of Horses.   The Thai is a native breed with ancient origins, currently used as a pack-horse, draught-horse and for riding.

Much is written concerning the origin of the thoroughbred horse and most of it is conjecture.   Jeremy James sets the record straight by revealing how the legendary war horses of the Ottoman Empire have been misunderstood, and overlooked, by a horse world obsessed instead with a equestrian thoroughbred mythology addicted to an exclusive Arabian equine origin.

The mountainous Kingdom of Albania is home to some of the rarest horses in the world, and although these rugged mountain ponies survived the perils of the Nazis and the xenophobia of the Communists, help is desperately needed to help improve this breed.


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