- Oct 2013
Ryanx, the OP was about the so called "thracian horse" that we don't exactly know what was, and my post was related to that plus the idea of "war horse".@deaf tuner
You are mistaken. We do have multiple 1000 year old 2000 year old breeds.
The Arabs go back 5000 years; recorded; OF COURSE do you have influences, like in the medieval time a lot of Arab blood went in, but you can look up some:
Sorraia, Protugal; nealry extinct; not treated as wild-horse; but DNA showed it is;
Camargue Horse; France; already reported by the Romans
Shetlandpony; 2500 years old;
Dulmer Pony; documented as race in the medieval time (since then they are protected in Germany as a semi-wild-horse); but horses in their area were already reported by Romans; it is basically a Germanic horse^^
Connemara; Irish; ca. 2500 years old
Ardennes; France; already used by the Romans;
Asturcons; Spain; already used by the Romans;
Mallorquin; Spain; very old as well;
Pottok; Basque; very old;
and not to forget the Dartmoor Pony – the last post-ice-age-pony – ca. 3000 years long already domesticated
There are more...
But for YOU I do have the Bardigiano; Italy; that is an old Belgian breed/relative of your war-horse you road during Roman times; that got cross-bred with other horses (like Haflinger/old German breed) and on top of that they used it for creating mules!
So if you want to do something about the horses you left in Ital – that is your chance now.^^
I second that, as there are multiple races that are from the Mongols. One funny one: The Lyngshest. As the Lyngshest is also called Nordland-shest/horse, it is a Norwegian horse and one guy basically rescued it, by running all over norhtern Norway to find some horses and it is a Tarpan/Mongolian/something/something cross breed. ^^ So Mongolian horses "somehow" ended up in north Norway.
While I am not sure what the DNA tests on that breeds are and horse organizations are a family of their own. In the close future our wonderful Rhenish horse will be a Saxon... only for 100 years that breed existed.^^
Horselover1 – what is with Greek breeds? Like the Macedonian Mountain pony? Could that work as a Thracian horse?
The Hungarians are no nomads anymore for ca. 1100 years. They had kings and cities and all of that in the medieval time already.
IDK if You remarked, but practically all the breeds You mentioned are local, often quite geographically isolated breeds, and they have generally more or less nothing with "war horses".
And that is because "war horse", in a large part of the European history wasn't a breed, but a quality: generally, one bought/raised/trained/used a horse as a war horse (or labour, or cart) for it's qualities, not for it's (supposed) aparteneance to a breed.
The famous destrier wasn't a breed. It was a type.