Artsakh Horses

Artsakh Horses

Karabakh horses

Karabakh since ancient times was famous for a special kind of black horses ("Karabakh horses", colloquially "Karabakhi"), highly valued in the East, in the 19th century also in Russia. Karabakh horses in many of their qualities are in the same row with the Arabian kind and are valued equally with Arab and Akhaltekins, they cost a lot of money and not everyone can afford it. "Karabakhi" was even presented to royals, Karabakh stalion "Zaman" was presented to the Queen of England in 1956. Started from XVII-XVIII centuries, in European countries the «Karabakhi» used were used to develop new breeds of horses, which was formed as a result of natural mating considerably earlier. The Karabakh horse is small, with an average growth no more than 150 cm, with well-developed muscles, a deep broad chest, strong legs. The head is proudly carried, high forehead, bulging eyes burn with fire. Not surprisingly, the horse moves clearly and quickly. Basically, there are horses of red and golden-red coloration in Karabakh called "Narinj." 

It seems that the color itself - energetic, restless - characterizes the temperament of the horse.In the middle of the XIX century in Karabakh there were 11 stud farms, controlled by the local meliks. Twice a year, in Shoushi at the racetrack, "Jdrdyuz" meadow, horseracing took place, which attracted the best riders of the South Caucasus. At the beginning of the XX century horse breeding in Karabakh came to naught, stud farm was abandoned, and the breed "Narinj" mingled with ordinary breeds, degraded, retaining, however, some features, such as color of old bronze. Horse-breeding again restarted in 1949, when a new stud farm was founded in the Lower Karabakh. On the farm the most common species of the horses were gathered, but at the time of opening of the farm was only one horse of Karabakh breed - stalion Sultan. The farm was destroyed during the war in 1993, and many of the horses were scattered around the area.


Today, a group of enthusiasts in Karabakh bred Karabakhy horses in small numbers in the village Kirsavan of Shoushi region, on the picturesque slopes of the mountain Kirs. About 50 "Karabakhies" are bred on the stud plants in Europe. Karabakh horses have participated in agricultural exhibitions in Moscow in 1869 and in Tiflis in 1882 and were awarded with gold medals and diplomas.
And in 1866, 1867, 1869, 1897 Karabakh horses were presented at the World Exposition and were granted high awards.