Tuesday’s Trot – Polish Koniks

From page 374 in Horses of the World:

5 things to know about the Polish Konik:

1. Its Polish name Konik polski means “small Polish horse.” Outside of Poland it is sometimes called a “Tarpan,” even though the breed is domesticated, whereas the Tarpan is a wild animal.

2. Polish Koniks are the direct issue of the Tarpan, whose look and unique coat they have inherited. Along with the Portuguese Sorraia, this horse has remained closest to its wild ancestor.

3. Koniks were once hunted as game. A large number of Koniks are still bred in conditions close to a wild environment.

4. The Konik is active, very intelligent, gentle and docile, but sometimes independent and assertive. It is very strong for its size, has good endurance, and is very rustic, hardy, resilient, and well adapted to a harsh climate. It is also very fertile and lives a long time.

5. Once used for farm work, it is also suited for riding and driving. Its gentleness makes it well suited to equitherapy.

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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