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Young free range Konik horse The Konik is a Polish horse breed descending from very hardy horses from the Biłgoraj region. Koniks look like the now extinct Tarpan (ancient horse). Nowadays the Konik lives on free range nature reserves in Poland, Latvia, UK and The Netherlands. This picture was taken in a reserve near Amsterdam that has a group of them. The aim is to keep them wild, so they can live the way a wild horse should. Beginning in the 1930s, several attempts were made to develop horses that looked like Tarpans through selective breeding, called "breeding back". The breeds that resulted included the Heck horse, the Hegardt or Stroebel's horse, and a derivation of the Konik breed, all of which have a primitive appearance, particularly in having the grullo coat color. Some of these horses are now commercially promoted as "Tarpans." Equus ferus,Equus ferus ferus,Fall,Geotagged,Netherlands,Tarpan,Wild horse Click/tap to enlarge Country intro

Young free range Konik horse

The Konik is a Polish horse breed descending from very hardy horses from the Biłgoraj region. Koniks look like the now extinct Tarpan (ancient horse). Nowadays the Konik lives on free range nature reserves in Poland, Latvia, UK and The Netherlands. This picture was taken in a reserve near Amsterdam that has a group of them. The aim is to keep them wild, so they can live the way a wild horse should. Beginning in the 1930s, several attempts were made to develop horses that looked like Tarpans through selective breeding, called "breeding back". The breeds that resulted included the Heck horse, the Hegardt or Stroebel's horse, and a derivation of the Konik breed, all of which have a primitive appearance, particularly in having the grullo coat color. Some of these horses are now commercially promoted as "Tarpans."

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  1. PS: Konik horse were not listed as species, so I had a bit of trouble finding the most suitable species category. At first I tried tarpan, but that was not accurate since the konik is a relative. So I settled for wild horse instead. Posted 7 years ago, modified 7 years ago
  2. I think you did right with the ID but others more knowledgeable may be able to clarify. Lovely photo, so nice to see horses in the wild and this one is quite lovely, I like the black stripe down its back, makes it more unique. Posted 7 years ago
  3. Great photo and great description, Engelbert! Posted 7 years ago

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The wild horse is a species of the genus ''Equus'', which includes as subspecies the modern domesticated horse as well as the undomesticated tarpan , now extinct, and the endangered Przewalski's horse . Przewalski's horse was saved from the brink of extinction and reintroduced successfully to the wild. The tarpan became extinct in the 19th century, though it was a possible ancestor of the domestic horse, and roamed the steppes of Eurasia at the time of domestication. However, other subspecies of.. more

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Uploaded Jan 19, 2015. Captured Nov 28, 2014 11:17 in Wethouder van Essenweg, 1047 Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • Canon EOS 1200D
  • f/4.5
  • 1/99s
  • ISO400
  • 70mm