Tuesday’s Trot – Erlunchun

From page 346 in Horses of the World:

5 things to know about the Erlunchun—a horse capable of fighting wolves:

1. The Erlunchun is compact and strong; it has sloping, muscular shoulders; short, robust legs with close-set hocks; and wide, hard hooves. The winter coat and the mane and tail are very thick and long.

2. The Erlunchun is sensitive, has endurance, and is a good pack horse, very easygoing and capable of working hard, of adapting to life in the snow and to fighting predators (wolves, among others) thanks to a strong survival instinct.

3. The Erlunchun is very resistant to cold; living in North and Northeast China, it can withstand temperatures as low as −50°C and also drought.

4. The Erlunchun is primarily a saddle horse, and is known to be an excellent hunting horse, for which it was traditionally used.

5. The Erlunchun is endangered and urgently needs to be protected. The decline in its numbers is related to the lifestyle changes of the Oroqen people.

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