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Breeds of Livestock - Abyssinian Horses

Breeds of Livestock - Abyssinian Horses


The Abyssinian is found in Ethiopia and is a pony/light horse breed. It stands around 13.5 hands tall. There is a great deal of variability in it coloration, size and conformation due to the dilution of the breed. It was brought to Great Britain in 1861 and from there is quickly made its way to the United States. Because of its origin, the Abyssinian horse works very well under hot weather conditions. It is used for many different activities such as farming, hauling and riding.
Mason, I.L. 1996. A World Dictionary of Livestock Breeds, Types and Varieties. Fourth Edition. C.A.B International. 273 pp.
"Abyssinian Horse." Horse Breeds Of The World. Horse Breeds of the World, 2015. Web. 30 July 2015.
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