Zemaitukai

August 17, 2013
By youngmoons, Panevezys, Other
youngmoons, Panevezys, Other
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The Žemaitukas is a historic pony breed from Lithuania. Known from the 6–7th centuries, it was used as a war horse by the Lithuanians during the Northern Crusades and is hailed in Lithuania as part of the state's historic heritage. Its origin is uncertain, but it is related to indigenous forest horse breeds and the Konik, a Polish breed, which were both probably descended from the Tarpan. The breed contributed to the foundation of the Trakehner. Once popular, the breed was brought to the brink of extinction by changing agricultural demands and World War II. As of 2010, the total population is estimated at 400 individuals. [Wikipedia]
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on Sep. 10 2013 at 7:34 am
bookmouse BRONZE, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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Gorgeous picture! The technique fits the subject perfectly! And thanks for the horsey history too! I'm a horse history nut... :)


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