Karachai - horses for sale
The Karachai is a breed of horse from Karachai-Cherkessia in the North Caucasus. This region, formerly part of the Soviet Union, has produced several clearly defined horse and pony breeds due to the nature of the landscape, with its lofty mountains and deep valleys. This encouraged the development of distinctive local types, including fine riding horses like the Karachai. Today most purchasers buy a Karachai for trail riding and it also plays an important part in the heritage of the region as well as equestrian tourism. Most of the breeders and stud farms which sell a Karachai are also in the original homeland of the breed, where it is very popular.
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Use and characteristics of the Karachai
Karachai horses, also known as Karachay horses, average 14.3 hands (59 inches/150 cm) to 15 hands (60 inches/152 cm) in height. Three types of Karachai are recognised in the stud book. The basic Karachai is a good all-round riding and harness horse, and this is the type that is most readily available for equestrians wishing to buy a Karachai. The second type is taller and shows signs of Thoroughbred influence. Breeders sell a Karachai of this type as a sports horse. The third type is sometimes described as massive, or “blocky”; having a strong, square body, they are principally used for draught horse work. A Roman, or ram-shaped head is typical of all Karachai horses. They are healthy, strong animals, with excellent feet but their hind legs sometimes have conformation issues such as sickle hocks. Full, wavy manes and tails are very characteristic of this breed.