Kirghiz Horse

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Kirghiz Horse


a local riding and pack horse known since ancient times, raised in the Kirghiz SSR and in neighboring mountainous regions of the Tadzhik, Uzbek, and Kazakh SSR’s.

The Kirghiz horse is small (measuring 136–138 cm at the withers) and stocky, with a thick, elongated trunk, a somewhat coarse head, and short, strong legs. It is hardy and well adapted as a saddle and pack horse in mountainous terrain and has a high fertility rate. Raised in herds, Kirghiz horses are also used for meat and milk. Mares yield up to 16 kg of milk per day. The Kirghiz horse has been improved by crossbreeding with the Don horse, purebred riding horses, and the New Kirghiz horse.


Kniga o loshadi, vol. 1. Edited by S. M. Budennyi. Moscow, 1952.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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And turning to his men he directed a party to go on to the halting place arranged near the watchman's hut in the forest, and told the officer on the Kirghiz horse (who performed the duties of an adjutant) to go and find out where Dolokhov was and whether he would come that evening.
[93] I t is also possible that the large Kirghiz horse, vital to their military campaigns, was unsuited for life on the Mongolian steppe, particularly in winter when it would have been less able than the typical Mongolian pony to forage for grass under the snow, and so would have required fodder.