THESSALY

Thessaly

 

History

The Thessaly horse evolved in the lowlands of Thessaly and the surrounding area.  Alexander the Great’s horse, Bucephalus, is considered by some to have been of the Thessaly breed. Bucephalus accompanied Alexander in all his campaigns and when his horse died, Alexander honored it as a companion and comrade in arms. At present, local organisations, in cooperation with the Agricultural University of Athens and the Ministry of Agriculture, are studying the horses in the region in order to identify the morphological and quality traits of the Thessaly breed.

Morphological Traits

The Thessaly horse is the second largest Greek breed

Population*

Today, the population size and breed status are unknown (2019).

 

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PINDOS

Pindos

 

History

The breed of Pindos is the unsung hero of Greek breeds. It received its name from the mountain range of Pindos and is the most representative breed of the mountain type. It has to be mentioned that Pindos horses existing in the Rodope region are falsely called as Rodope horses. 

Morphological Traits

The Pindos horse is a medium sized breed.

Population*

The population of the breed falls in the ‘Minority’ cluster (2019).

 

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MESSARA

Messara

 

History

The breed was named Messara because the largest population of the breed was located in the plains of Messara in the prefecture of Heraklion in Crete. As with the Penia breed, the Messara is characterized by its ability to pace.

Morphological Traits

Messara horse is medium sized.

Population*

The population of the breed is classified as ‘Critical’ (2019).

 

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PENIA

Penia

 

History

The Penia horse is a pacer, which is one of the main characteristics of the breed. In Greece there are two officially recognized pacing breeds: that of Penia and that of Messara. However, it is worth mentioning that the preliminary results of pacing populations from the islands of Lesvos and Chios show promising prospects. The Penia breed evolved in the semi-mountainous regions of the Elia prefecture in Peloponnese.

Morphological Traits

Penia horse is medium sized.

Population*

The population of the breed is classified as ‘Endangered’ (2019).

 

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SKYROS

 

Skyros

 

History

The Skyros Small Horse evolved on the island of Skyros in the Aegean Sea. The Skyros Small Horse can be considered the smallest ‘natural’ horse in the world. All miniature horse breeds and all known pony breeds are the result of human ‘design’. This horse is a member of the Aegean breed, a large family of horses which lived in the broader area of the eastern Mediterranean for over 2500 years. In 2006 the "Skyros Small Horse Association" was created, aiming at the preservation, protection and wellbeing of the Skyros horse.

Morphological Traits

The Skyros horse is small sized.

Population*

The population of the breed is classified as ‘Critical’ (2019).

 

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