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Yakutian horse (also known as the Yakut horse, Yakut pony,rnor simply the Yakut) are a rare native horse from the Siberian Sakha Republicrn(or Yakutia) region. They impressive om their adaptation to the extreme coldrnclimate of Yakutia, including the ability to locate and graze on vegetation thatrnis under deep snow cover, and to survive without shelter in temperatures thatrnreach -70 °C (-94 °F).

Yakutian horse appear to have evolved from domesticatedrnhorses brought with the Yakuts when they migrated to the area beginning in thern13th century, and are not descended from wild horses known to inhabit the arearnin Neolithic times.

rnrnThey are small, averaging 150 centimetres (14.3 hands) andrnshares some outward characteristics with the Shetland pony, including sturdyrnstature, thick mane, and heavy hair coat.rnrn 

rnrnThere are several subtypes of Yakutian horses. The Northernrntype is the purest bred Yakut, and is sometimes called the Middle Kolyma orrnVerkhoyansk horse. They are usually bay, gray, or light dun colored, withrnprimitive markings including a dark dorsal stripe and zebra-pattern stripes onrnthe legs - this variety is considered to be the most valuable. The secondrnvariety is the Smaller Southern type, which is also considered a pure but lessrnvaluable breed. The third variety is the Larger Southern type, which is thernresult of cross-breeding with other breeds, and is widespread in centralrnYakutia.

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