You do not know some owners of karabagh horses? Her Royal Majesty, queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain is one of them, another one is Mr. Reinhold Messner, who had mounted the highest Mount Everest without any oxygen mask, further the children of the Russian Zars and last not least he Minister of Azerbaijan, Mr. Haydar Aliyev..
Time to saddle up - Fetima Guliyeva Historian -
"We have seen of another year, the
year of the wise snake, embracing that of the horse, a
generous gift of nature, an animal that has proven its
faithfulness to man over the millenniums.
The horse has always taken a special place in the life of
The horse was believed to be sacred in the state of Manna, an ancient Azeri realm in the 9th century B.C. There were required special rituals to bury horses.
Assirian sources say that our ancestors, Manna and Midia tribes had plentiful herds of strong pedigree horses. Diadorus from
According to ancient Greek geographer Strabonus tribes in Atropotena, an ancient state in
The contemporary Azeri runners, especially the horses of Karabagh, root back to ancient times. The medium-sized, brown and gold-brown horses shined among other breeds. Horse breeding specialist S. P. Urusov noted that
"Karabagh horses played as a tremendous role in the development of horse-breeding in
Some data available show that there were around 150,000 horses in the
People in Karabagh used to sell horses to European countries. In one of these massive sales, an English company purchased as many as 60 mares from the horse breeding enterprise of Mehdigulu Khan of Karabagh in 1823.
The renowned painter Vershaghin was struck to see the grandiosity and beauty of horses in his tour of Shusha, a key town of
After the demise of Mehdigulu Khan her daughter, the famous poetress Khurshud Banu Natavan persued her father's business on. Earning fame for Karabagh horses. The Khan's herds admired nearly all expatriates traveling to Karabagh, including the son of the great Alexander Dumas.
The Khan horses won a gold medal in an international show in
In 1949, the horse breeding enterprise was revivaled in Agdam and the Karabagh horse breed Zaman was presented by the Soviet government as a gift to the English Queen Elizabeth the second in 1956. Horse specialist Juanita Berlin wrote that that horse would be admired very much by the English people.
Another fact testifying to the popularity of Azeri horses is that the horse breeding enterprise in
All 120 thoroughbred Karabagh horses were fortunately salvaged from Agdam several days before the Armenian occupation in 1993. The horses are currently bred in winter pastures of Lanbaran between Barda and, Aghschabad provinces.'
These facts illustrate that horses have been not just of military and economic importance for Azerbaijanis, but also part of their life.
P.S. Especially noteworthy among local horses is the gray-colored Dilbaz breed, which has been acclimatized to mountainous conditions and can carry over 200 kilograms of cargo.
Azernews 9 yan. 2002
Yes, of course, you could not get any karabagh horse neither in Europe, nor in
Azerbaijan himself. Why?
Karabagh horses had been sold and sold and perhaps been stolen all the centuries ago, because they were as expensive as gold and as worthy.
But now, it is possible to get these horses. Step by step the breed recovers and all people who loves them will do anything to care for.
chairman of IG Karabagh