About Albanian Horses
Albanian Horses originated in
the 5th century, during the Ottoman Empire. They are a small horse
(12-13 hands high) and belong to the Balkan group. Native Albanian horses came
from either the Mountain or Myzeqea plains of Albania. Albanian Horses were
originally thought to have been created by breeding Arabian horses with the
local Albanian horses, which were likely combined with Tarpan, Turkmenian, or
Mongolian stock breeds.
Albanaian horses typically
have coats of Bay, Black, Chestnut and Gray. They are high energy horses, and
have a strong endurance. They are agile, sure-footed, disease resistant, and
can function in difficult terrain. In the past these horses were used more for
transport and riding than for agricultural purposes.
Since the 1990’s Albanaian
horses have been crossed with purebred Arabs, Nonius, and Haflinger breeds to
increase their size for better agricultural work and to increase their
population. Several improved breed types are emerging
from these efforts.