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Konik Ponies

Observed: 4th April 2012 By: Simon WalkerSimon Walker’s reputation in MammalsSimon Walker’s reputation in MammalsSimon Walker’s reputation in Mammals
Konik Ponies, Rye Meads, 22012-04-04 002

These animals are bred to be very close to the European wild horse or Tarpan. They're often used for grazing nature reserves, as in this case. They originate from Poland.
I can't get over the animal on the right.

  • konik pony
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
    Likely ID
    Konik pony (Equus ferus caballus)
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
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Equus ferus caballus?

The Konik pony is sometimes given as Equus ferus caballus, but others give Equus ferus przewalskii (Przewalski's horse) as the only surviving subspecies of the wild horse, and all breeds of domestic horse as Equus caballus. Confusing, as taxonomy often is!
As you say, Koniks have been bred to approximate to the extinct European wild horse. I'm hoping to go to RSBP Blacktoft Sands to see the ones they have grazing there (and some water voles too!).

Gill Sinclair
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Konik ponies

Se the following observation for more information on these interesting ponies.

Graham Banwell

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