Veteran American horse specialist in Iran Louise Firouz has died at the age of 78 after suffering from pulmonary and liver disorders, PRESS_TV reported.
Louise Firouz (source: The Caspian Horse)
Firouz, who moved to Iran in the 1950's, lived on a farm near an ethnic Turkmen village in northeastern Iran.
A graduate of Cornell University in animal husbandry, Louise Firouz is known as the reviver of the Caspian pony and the best breeder of Turkmen horses in Iran.
Firouz is known for her extensive research about Iranian horses and other related fields such as tourism and eco-tourism. She has organized numerous national and international horse riding tours in Iran.
The Caspian Horse
Louise Firouz, the American who rediscovered them, wrote in 1968: "We are still searching for them: diminutive .... Arab looking creatures with big bold eyes, prominent jaws and high-set tails which so distinguish their larger cousins. It has been a losing battle as the already pitifully small numbers are further decimated each year by famine, disease and lack of care, until now we must accept the sad fact that the survivors must number no more than 30."
Firouz was the tour guide for
Turkmen Forest Ride:
Horse Riding in the Turkomen Steppes
The Turkmen Forest Ride is a unique opportunity to ride the world's original hot-blooded horses, Turkmens - the rootstock of both the Thoroughbred and the Arab - through a part of Iran seldom visited by outsiders. Run by Louise Firouz who, in her 43 years in Iran, rediscovered the Caspian Horse, and who now breeds Turkmens for endurance and performance. - Magic Carpet Travel Ltd., Iran Travel and Tours
an expat's eyes
Mrs. Firouz has lived through much of what has made the US-Iran relationship one of the most extreme and enigmatic in the Middle East. She was witness to the 1979 Islamic Revolution, the US hostage crisis, and the birth of the chant, "death to America." In the past decade, she has watched students and democratic reformers butt heads with hard-line clerics in a battle that still rages daily. And now, she has seen President George W. Bush label Iran as part of an "axis of evil." -Christian Science Monitor
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