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rnrnCaspian horses are small originally from Iran. Although generallyrnno more than 12 hands (1.22 meters) high, they are nevertheless considered to berna horse rather than a pony.

rnrnThey are a similar build to Arabian horses, and they are extremelyrnhardy, with very dense bone and hard feet that rarely need shoeing. They can takernlong strides and are able to keep up with normal-sized horses while walking, trotting,rnor cantering, despite their smaller stature. The most common colors are bay andrnblack, though they may also be grey, dun, or chestnut.

rnrnAlthough the Caspian horse may have had a long history in itsrnown country it did not really become known to the rest of the world until it wasrn"discovered" by an American-born Iranian horse breeder, Louise Firouz,rnin the 1960s. Within a few years some had been exported to the United States, andrnin 1976 a Caspian stud was formed in England. Since then the breed has also beenrnestablished in Australia and New Zealand.

rnrnThey were first imported into New Zealand by Helen Rattray inrnthe late 1970s and early 80s. Helen bred quite a few crossbreds but also 29 purebreds,rna lot of these were sold to America where some did very well in the show ring andrnit was really these horses that were instrumental in establishing the breed in thernUS.

rnrnrnContent and Photo Source: New Zealand rare Breeds (www.rarebreeds.co.nz )rnrn

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