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Karabakh Horse


Karabakh Horse

Risk Level: at risk
Local Risk Level: unkown
Listed by DAD-IS

The Karabakh horse has its origins in the country of Azerbaijan in Asia. The breed is very old and shares the same ancient genes as the Akhal Teke horse from the neighbouring Turkmenistan. The Karabakh is a small and strong horse from the mountain-steppes and is used for endurance and races. They were significantly influenced by the Arabian horse, which results into the sad fact that today the amount of pure bred Karabakh horses goes towards zero. As a matter of fact, nowadays you search for horses that have a high Karabakh percentage, as the original Karabakh was bred throughout history with Akhal Teke, Karbadiner, Arabias and the now extinct Turkoman horse. Unfortunately due its relatively unknown status as breed in Europe and overseas, there is no official status declaring the Karabakh Horse as endangered.

The DAD-IS states: „Breeding activities to improve local genetic resources of horses in Azerbaijan. For this purpose Agdam horse-breeding farm was established. In 2003, By 2002 there are a total of 120 horses, including 39 pedigree mares at the Agdam horse-breeding farm.“

Thanks to my contact with the German IG Karabagh I was able to meet a few breeders and owners in Germany with a passion for the Karabakh horse and earn more about their story.

Some of my pictures were published in a small book about the Karabakh horses in Germany and were highly appreciated during a visit in Azerbaijan. The photo of stallion Ada with the national flag reflecting in his eye even made it into a headline on the website Eurasian Diary. See the full article here.


Here are some places where you can see Karabakh horses in action and where you can support the breed. A big thank you to everybody who works with me.