Novokirghiz breed information
Novokirghiz horse general information
COLORThis breed of horses is usually bay, gray, or chestnut, though they can be almost any solid color.
SIZEThe Novokirghiz usually stands between 14.1 and 15.1 hands high.
ORIGINHigh altitude areas of Kirghizia and Kazakhstan and had descended largely from Mongolian stock.
INFLUENCEThoroughbred, Russian Don and Anglo-Don
TEMPRERAMENTNovokirghiz is active and willing with an amiable nature.
The Novokirghiz is a relatively new breed that developed in the 1930s in Kirghizia and which has largely replaced the Old Kirghiz breed, from which it evolved. The Novokirghiz is faster and more refined than the Old Kirghiz as a result of breeding with the Thoroughbred.
In appearance, they should have a small neat head, a muscular, well-formed neck, good sloping shoulders, an well-developed chest, pronounced withers, a longish back, and sloping quarters. Usually they have short legs that are very strong and muscular, without any feathering. Sickle hocks may frequently be seen.
The Novokirghiz is a relatively new breed that developed in the 1930s in Kirghizia and which has largely replaced the Old Kirghiz breed, from which it evolved. The Old Kirghiz was a mountain breed from the high altitude areas of Kirghizia and Kazakhstan and had descended largely from Mongolian stock.
The Novokirghiz has developed as a more refined and faster breed, mainly due to combinations of English Thoroughbred, Don, and halfbred Anglo/Don blood, crossed with the Old Kirghiz.
By 1918, 48 Thoroughbreds had been imported to the stud of Issyk-Kul and were being bred with Old Kirghiz mares, During the 1930s and 1940s, the breed characteristics became fixed by repeated crossbreeding between Old Kirghiz, Thoroughbred, and Don, and interbreeding the best of the progeny. Three differently types emerged: basic, massive, and saddle. The massive type was the most successful and the most versatile and well adapted to its environment.
Novokirghiz fun facts
Mares are fairly infertile, attributed to the great amount of Thoroughbred blood added to the breed.
Novokirghiz mares can give up to 20kg of milk daily.