Horse Breeds A to Z: The Altai

The Altai (sometimes known as Altay) is a horse named after the great mountain range in Asia, where Russia, China, Mongolia and Kazakhstan converge.? Obviously, the Altai horse also hails from this region. The Altai was developed to survive in some of the harshest conditions, as the Altai mountains feature a very unforgiving climate. The Altai has been bred to be especially adept at navigating rugged mountain terrain. It is not uncommon for the Altai to be crossed with a variety of other Russian draft horses, which results in increased size and strength. Typically an Altai will stand 13.2 – 13.3 hands high, and common colors include chestnut, bay, black, gray and Leopard Appaloosa (source: wikipedia).

The following video shows a group of Altai horses racing in the actual Altai region. The quality is a little choppy for the first few seconds, but the overall quality is great!

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