Also called the Venezuelan Criollo and the Prairie Horse, the Llanero comes from the animals brought to Buenos Aires by the Spanish (specifically Don Pedro de Mendoza) in 1535.
Each strain of the Spanish South American breeds is defined by the different climates found there. The extreme weather in Venezuela shaped this strain into a small, hardy animal that is named for the swampy savannah plains from which it comes. This is still a common animal today.
The Ventasso Horse comes from the Ventasso Mountain in the province of Reggio Emilia in Italy. Known for their sturdy build and great heart the Italian army has long used them as mounts. The Ventasso’s of today possess English, Maremmanos& Lipizzan blood. These animals are incredibly rare.
Average height 14.3 – 16.1 hands
Head is expressive with a straight profile Neck is medium in length and muscular Back is medium in length Shoulder is sloping Chest is deep Legs are robust with wide, dry joints
The small Hmong Horse is native to Vietnam and although they are very small, the have no problem bearing the weight of a full-grown man.
This breed comes from the Ha Giang Province of Vietnam which is a very remote area. Not much is known about their origins, however they are thought to be descendants of Sichuan, Tomorean or Mongolian horses. However they have been relatively untouched due to their physical isolation so their lineage tends to be fairly pure.
This breed is not officially recognized nor is there a breeding program in place.
The resulting animal was stylish, graceful, possessed high stepping action & was incredibly versatile. The SA Vlaamperd Breeder’s Society was established in 1983 to protect & preserve the breed. Sadly today their numbers are very limited today.
The Voronezh Coach was developed in the Voronezh District of Russia & is a very rare breed today. Their numbers are pitifully low, however recently an interest has been shown in reviving this breed as it is an ancestor to the extinct Bityug breed & they retain many of their physical characteristics.
In 1936 a study was conducted on the horses of the area and a decision was made to improve the local draft breeds by breeding them pure with only the addition of trotter blood. By 1938 a stud farm was established to breed a Bityug type horse that was re-named the Voronezh Coach Horse.
3 Voronezh Coach Types
There are three recognized types of the breed. Massive – the smallest in numbers but larger, with more draft influence. Light – more refined in confirmation & shows trotter influence. Local – the offspring of local stallions with unknown bloodlines, tends to be coarser in confirmation.
Average height 15 – 15.3 hands
Back is straight & long Legs are straight with well made joints & feathering Hooves are hard
The Vyatka or Viatka is a native northern breed that comes from of the Kirov & Perm regions of Udmurtia which is a climate well suited for horse breeding.
Although this is a native breed, they were influenced by the blood of Klepperanimals during the 14th century. The breeding was poorly managed and not protected so by the early 20th century they were all but extinct.
Since then, steps have been taken to resurrect the breed as they are thought to be direct descendants of the Tarpan. They carry distinctive primitive marking which becomes diluted after crossing with non-Vyatka animals. Unfortunately there are very few pureblooded animals left today.
Average height 13 – 15 hands
Head is clean Neck is short, fleshy & often arched Back is long, broad & sometimes dipped Legs are short & strong Hooves are strong