New Kirghiz Horse

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 It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

New Kirghiz Horse


a Kirghiz breed of saddle and harness horse that was developed in 1954 by crossing local horses with Don horses and purebred saddle breeds. New Kirghiz horses are small yet strong. The average measurements of purebred colts are height at the withers, 155.3 cm; oblique length of the body, 158.3 cm; chest circumference, 185.5 cm; and girth of the front cannon bone, 20.6 cm. The predominant colors are chestnut, bay, and black.

New Kirghiz horses are used in agriculture and for transport. In mountainous areas they are used for riding and for herding livestock. The best racing times are 1:18.7 for 1,200 m, 1:46.7 for 1,600 m, and 2:45 for 2,400 m. New Kirghiz horses are also used for improving meat and milk breeds. The daily weight gain for young animals raised for meat is between 800 and 1,000 g. An average of 2,200 kg of milk is obtained from the mare during its five-month lactation period. The best breeding farms are the

Naryn, Kirghiz, and Osh farms in the Kirghiz SSR.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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