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[RC] Don Horses - Lynn White

Mega thanks to Steph and John for posting that website
of endurance in Russia.  I've never seen so many
photos of Don Horses on one website before.  Looks
like they included a couple photos of  Akhal-Tekes and
Kabardians as well.  As for history of the Don Horse,
all I know is that they were developed by the Don
Cossacks.  These horses were extremely hardy and were
easy keepers: they had to be. These were likely the
horses that chased Napoleon's army out of Russia...in
the winter. The breed was severely decimated by
collectivization, civil war, and famine.

If you really want to learn more about Russian breeds,
it is always good to read a little about Russian
History and Cossack history.  I have found that most
English books on Cossack history are full of
inaccuracies.  The really well researched books are
rather dry. But since most of us Americans learned
very little of Russian history other than the evils of
communism and the Bolshevik revolution, it's a fun
historical journey take. The Russians and Eastern
Europeans bred some fantastic horses.  It's nice to
see these breeds making a comeback.


"Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people"

-W.C. Fields

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