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Photos: Festival of Turkoman Horses

Photos by Mohammadmehdi Amya, ISNA

The festival of Turkoman horses was held at the village of Soufian Maraveh Teppeh in northern Iran on Thursday.

The Turkoman horse, or Turkmene, was an Oriental horse breed from the steppes of Central Asia, now extinct. They influenced many other horse breeds, including the Thoroughbred horse. Some horses bred in Turkmenistan today are still referred to as Turkoman, and have similar characteristics.

The Turkoman horse was noted for its endurance. It had a slender body, similar to a greyhound. Although refined in appearance, the breed was actually one of the toughest in the world. They had a straight profile, long neck, and sloping shoulders. Their back was long, with sloping quarters and tucked-up abdomen. They had long and muscular legs. The horses ranged from 15-16 hands. (read more on wikipedia)

Related Article: A Look at the Turkoman Horse in Iran - Written by Louise Firouz


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