Pleven Horse

These horses come from the Pleven region of Bulgaria, where they get their name, and are known for their strength, agility, and intelligence.

In this blog post, we will tell you everything you need to know about these beautiful animals.

So if you’re interested in learning more about the Pleven Horse, keep reading!

Pleven Horse Breed Info

Here are some of the key things you need to know about the Pleven Horse:

Height (size) 15.2 – 16.0 hands high
Colors Always chestnut
Country of Origin Bulgaria
Common Uses General riding, jumping, dressage, endurance

Pleven Horse Facts & Information (Breed Profile)

The Pleven Horse breed is mostly descended from Anglo-Arab horses, and it was granted formal recognition as a breed in the year 1951.

The development of the breed started in 1898 at the Klementina stud in Pleven region (now called Georgi Dimitrov Industrial Animal Complex), when the finest local mares were crossed with Arabian and Anglo-Arabian stallions. Later, Gidran stallions were also introduced.

Blood from English Thoroughbreds was also added in order to give them more refinement and increase in size.

The breed is still being carefully bred in Bulgaria, and there are efforts being made to further improve its size, which would make it more desirable as an international sport horse.

The Pleven, Danubian horse, and the Eastern Bulgarian horse are the 3 modern breeds in Bulgaria. 

If you’re interested in learning more about this fascinating breed, keep reading!

Alternative Names

“Plevna”, “Pleveska”


Calm temperament

Physical Characteristics

The head has a straight profile, and is attached to a muscular and long neck.

The withers are prominent, and the back is long.

The quarters are muscular, and the croup is slightly sloped.

Their legs are well-conformed and have good bone joints, well-defined tendons, and hard feet.

They are great movers, and also have a natural jumping ability.


Always chestnut

Height (size)

15.2 – 16 hands high







Blood Type


Common Uses

General riding, jumping, dressage, endurance


Generally healthy

Popular Traits




Country of Origin



Local mares, Arabian, Anglo-Arabian, Gidran, Thoroughbred