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Fauna - Horses (Slovene cold-blooded horse)

Fauna - Horses (Slovene cold-blooded horse)

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Datum izida:5/20/1999 10:00:00 PM
Oblikovanje:Matjaž Učakar
Motiv:Slovene cold-blooded horse
Tisk:DELO - TISKARNA d. d., Ljubljana
Izvedba:4-colour offset
Papir:Chancellor oba free L.S.PVA GMD 102g, gummed
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Zobčanje:comb
Ilustracija:Matjaž Učakar
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Fauna - Horses (Slovene cold-blooded horse)

<b>HORSES</b><p>The horse family (Equidae) belongs to the herbivorous mammals, odd-toed ungulates. The ancestor of the horse - Eohippus was a forest animal about the size of a fox. A 40 million year-long evolution caused by the change of the natural habitat and feeding habits resulted in the modern horse. Out of the many species and subspecies of horse descendants, only the genus Equus - to which besides the horse (Equus caballus) also belong the donkey, the wild ass and the zebra - has been preserved. <br>Man began to domesticate horses about 6,000 years ago. Domestic horses are classified into thoroughbred, warm-blooded and cold-blooded horses, and ponies. Purebred horses, which are particularly famed for their nobleness, elegance and very often also for their lively temperament have contributed considerably to the development of numerous modern breeds of warm-blooded horses. Cold-blooded horses differ from the warm-blooded ones in weight and build&#58; they weigh more and are more stocky. In addition, they are more heavily built, stronger, endurable and have usually better developed protective coat.<br>Today's modern breeds (about 250) have been mostly bred with the crossbreeding of purebred horses with the light native horses. In certain areas some breeds have a very long breeding tradition and they also bear their name.<p><b>Slovene Cold-blooded Horse</b><br>Medium-sized and heavy horse that was produced by crossing Noric and Belgian stallions with local mares. The breed was recognised in 1964. It is mostly found in the area between Ptuj and Lenart, in the Notranjska, Dolenjska and Posavje regions, and is also spreading to Primorska region and the area of Celje. It is used as a working horse in agriculture and forestry and as carriage horse for tourist purposes.<p>Bojan Bračic, M.Sc.<br>Borut Trapečar, D.V.M.<br>