August 10, 2008 | | Comments 0

Mongolian Horses

Mongolian Horses

Riding Free with Mongolian Horses

Like many other nations, Mongolia has its own horse breed to be proud about. Their native breed is simply called the Mongolian horse. While other horse breeds have moved on to being used primarily as sports and leisure horses, this breed has retained its functionality in local farms and homes.

Despite its continued use though, not much can be found or said about these horses. Even their historical origin is a bit clouded. It is quite certain though, based on old accounts that the Mongol people have always had horses. This breed may have been around during the reign of Genghis Khan or even before that. Primitive cave art in Europe shows that their ancestors may even have populated a far broader area than today. It is also believed that the Mongolian horse breed has retained much of its old traits, receiving little influence from external breeds.

In modern times, the Mongolian horse has come to occupy a clear role in Mongolian communities. Like many other horses, they function as work animals. They may have been largely used for transportation, pulling carts and other kinds of agricultural work. These horses have also traditionally been bred for meat and milk production. They can generate up to 0.55 pounds of milk in a day. The milk obtained from these horses can be used as the base ingredient for the Mongolian national drink. Since these horses have long tails, their tails can also be used to make bows for string instruments. Some horses are used to participate in racing contests or horse games.

At first glance, these horses look much like ponies because of their sizes. They grow up to a maximum of only fourteen hands. Their physical attributes also closely approach those of ponies. They have thickset bodies and squat legs. They also have heads that are bigger in proportion to the rest of their structures. They are still however considered horses. They come in shades of brown.

Up to this day, many Mongolian horses are left to fend for themselves. Even some of those that are ridden are not roped or kept in stables. It is perhaps because of this kind of treatment that many of the horses from this breed are willful and spirited. It is possible though to get Mongolian horses accustomed to human company. Those that have been around human handlers a lot are quite amiable.

Mongolian horses share some attributes with wild Mongolian horses. The wild horses however are considerably less in number and are often found only in zoos and conservation sites. Mongolian horses on the other hand are not yet quite on the endangered list.

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