Tuesday’s Trot – Pottok

From page 138 in Horses of the World:

5 things you should know about the Pottok, one of the symbols of the Basque Country:

1. The Pottok has a unique head with a hollow at the level of the eyes and a bump at the bottom of the face.

2. Today Pottoks are divided into the slightly smaller “mountain” Pottoks (which live outdoors nine months of the year) and the “prairie” Pottok, raised from birth or from weaning around people; the latter is a bit bigger because it is well fed. There is also an original type, which has not been crossed, and which resembles the original wild type, of which there are only a very few individuals left.

3. Always maintained as a pure breed, over the centuries the Pottok has undergone a few crossings with the Arabian, but it has maintained its unique characteristics.

4. The Pottok almost disappeared in the 1970s, but was recognized in 1972, which enabled the breed to be protected. It originated in the mountains of Ursuya, Baigoura, Artzamendi, and Larrun.

5. This is an excellent, small mountain horse, notably because of its endurance. It has a sociable and attentive nature.

Horses of the World
Élise Rousseau
Illustrated by Yann Le Bris
Translated by Teresa Lavender Fagan
Sample Entry

Horses of the World is a comprehensive, large-format overview of 570 breeds of domestic and extant wild horses, including hybrids between the two and between domestic breeds and other equids, such as zebras. This beautifully illustrated and detailed guide covers the origins of modern horses, anatomy and physiology, variation in breeds, and modern equestrian practices. The treatment of breeds is organized by country within broader geographical regions—from Eurasia through Australasia and to the Americas. Each account provides measurements (weight and height), distribution, origins and history, character and attributes, uses, and current status. Every breed is accompanied by superb color drawings—600 in total—and color photographs can be found throughout the book.

Describing and depicting every horse breed in existence, Horses of the World will be treasured by all who are interested in these gorgeous animals.

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