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The Kabardin originated in northern Caucasus where they would carry men over the toughest mountain terrain. This horse traces back to the sixteenth century and is produced from the horses of the steppe tribes who were crossed with Turkmen, Persian and Karabakh horses. The Karabakh was originally fairly small. It was raised in herds that are still grazed on the high pastures during the summer and the foothills during winter, developing into a great mountain breed. Living in the mountains, the Kabardin developed into a sure-footed, tough and sturdy horse with excellent endurance.

The number of Kabardin horses went down drastically as a result of the revolution and during the 1920s efforts were made to re-establish the breed, causing a bigger trend of horse to be produced. It would be suitable as an army remount and for agricultural work. The Malokarachaev and Malkin studs were producers of the best modern Kabardin horses. They are used to improve stock in neighboring areas as well as for general riding and driving purposes. They are often used as jumpers, due to having evolved in the mountains resulting in very athletic, well balanced horses.

Conformation They have a long head with a Romen-nosed profile; sharp mobile ears; well-muscled, medium length neck. The shoulders are fairly straight with low withers; strong body, with a short, straight back and short often concave loins; strong limbs, with generally good joints, good bone and short, strong cannons. The hind legs tend to be sickle-shaped with strong feet and the Kabardin horse usually has a long, full mane and tail.

15-15.2 hh

(hh= Hands High, one hand is 4 inches)

Color mostly bay, dark bay and black and usually without facial markings or other body markings.


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