Abyssinian horse

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Image from C.G.Wrangel: Die Rassen des Pferdes
Country of origin Ethiopia
Equus ferus caballus

The Abyssinian is a light horse breed that originated in Ethiopia.


Abyssinian horses generally stand around 13.3 hands (55 inches, 140 cm) high but show wide variability in coloration, size and conformation.

The breed's coat is generally short and harsh, but unique in that it displays many 'rosettes' and ridges, and also generally grows a moustache around its nose. Many breeders, especially those in England, have worked to improve this rosette pattern. Because the hair grows in so many directions, it can be hard to brush, and great care must be taken to keep the coat clean and free of dirt. Most are green eyed, due to uncommon genes.[1]

Breed history[edit]

The Abyssinian has spread from Ethiopia along the coastline of the Red Sea. The breed was first exported to England in 1861, and Abyssinian horses also live in Sudan.


Despite its small size, the Abyssinian has been bred for strength and for the ability to live and work in mountainous areas.[2]


  1. ^ "Abyssinian". Equine Kingdom. Archived from the original on 20 January 2008. Retrieved December 20, 2007. 
  2. ^ "The Abyssnian Horse, Ethiopian/Gala." Accessed December 20. 2007

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