RODOS

Rodos

History

The Rodos Small Horse also belongs to the Aegean family. When Rhodes joined the Greek state, the Rodos Small Horse was disregarded; its population decreased and was finally banished to the barren mountaintops of the island. In 2001, Faethon (Rodos Small Horse Association) managed to gather the last remaining horses of the breed. Now the Rodos small horse can only be found at the facilities of Faethon at Archaggelos – Rhodes, where an effort is made to increase the population and create public awareness.

Morphological Traits

The Rodos horse is small sized.

Population*

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

 

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GREEK DONKEY

Greek Donkey

 

History

The second member of the equine family that has lived in our country for thousands of years is the ass or donkey (Equus africanus asinus). The donkey, because of its exceptional characteristics, was an integral part of life and the daily routine of the Greeks. We come across the donkey in mythology and history. Until a few decades ago donkeys were not separated into breeds, but rather into categories according to size. Internationally, there were six categories (according to some there were four), where the first category was made up of the smallest in size and the sixth the largest. Traditionally in the Greek domain there are two kinds of donkey: the Greek donkey, which belongs to the first size division, and the Cyprus donkey, which belongs to the fourth. The absence of a breeders association, crossbreeding between the two main kinds and the free importation of foreign donkeys over the decades have given rise to the huge diversity observed in our country’s donkey population today. In the last decades, due to the ease of transportation, well-known donkey populations in isolated and inaccessible areas such as the Greek islands have lost their ‘purity’.

Morphological Traits

The Greek donkey, compared to the horse, is characterized by its long ears, big head and upright mane. Moreover, it lacks the horse’s forelock, while its tail resembles that of the cow. The Greek donkey belongs to first size division which is usually called the “Mediterranean ass” because animals of similar size are also found in Italy, France, Spain and Portugal. 

Population*

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

 

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Andravida

ANDRAVIDA

 

 

 

History

The Andravida breed originates from the lowlands of Elia in the Peloponnese region. The area has a long equine history, since in Skinounta of Elia, Xenophon (431-354BC) wrote two of the world’s oldest manuals on the handling of horses, Peri Heppikes [On Horsemanship] and Hipparchikos [The cavalry commander]. In 1928, thanks to the initiative of the Hellenic Jockey Club, the first Horse Show of Andravida was organized; it is the oldest such show in our country and continues without fail up to the present.

Morphological traits

The present day horses of the Andravida breed retain manyt of the morphological traits of their ancestors. The Andravida breed is the largest of all Greek breeds, with body conformation similar to those of the European athletic breeds.

Use

The Andravida horse is suitable for many uses because of its robust physique.

Population*

The population of the breed is classified as “Critical” (2019).

 

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