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Can You Identify This Ancient Breed of Horse?

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A metal monument shows Genghis Khan astride his warrior horse. Can you identify this ancient breed of horse?

What breed of horse has been largely unchanged for 900 years, lives outside in 40-below temperatures, and provides milk for human consumption?

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ANSWER: The Mongolian horse. This hardy breed is essentially the same as it was when ridden by Genghis Khan’s conquering warriors in the 11th century. Though Mongolian horses range in size from 12 to 14 hands, their head size and bone structure classify them as horses, not ponies.

In their native country, they live outside year round, even at temperatures as low as 40 below. Used for racing, herding, and transport, Mongolian horses are also slaughtered for food. Milk from the mares is fermented into Mongolia’s national drink, known as airag.

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