The Dainty Caspian

The Caspian horse (or pony) is an ancient Persian breed of the purest blood.  Here is it’s history.

The Persians bred the Caspians because they needed a fast agile horse that looked good.  Using the highest-quality horses they could find, they cross-bred until the Caspian evolved.

“There is nothing in the world which travels faster than these Persian couriers. It is said that men and horses are stationed along the road…a man and a horse for each day. Nothing stops these couriers from covering their allotted stage in the quickest possible time, neither snow, rain, heat nor darkness.”   Herodotus (Persian)


The Caspian is a newly discovered breed.  In 1965 a horse breeder, Louise Firouz, discovered a small Caspian pulling a cart in Iran.  She was searching for horses for her riding school, and bought this one on the spot.  The horse was a perfect little animal, despite of it’s hard labour, and she was delighted.  She started a personal mission to find as many of these little horses as possible and save them from extinction.  She found a few, mainly being used as beasts of burden instead of pleasure horses.  Even today, there are only a few in existence.

Caspians are beautiful horses.  Even though they are small as ponies, their features are more like that of a horse.  They are very Arabian in looks.



Horse Quotes :)

There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.  ~Winston Churchill

Riding:  The art of keeping a horse between you and the ground.  ~Author Unknown

Many people have sighed for the ‘good old days’ and regretted the ‘passing of the horse,’ but today, when only those who like horses own them, it is a far better time for horses.  ~C.W. Anderson

The wind of heaven is that which blows between a horse’s ears.  ~Arabian Proverb

To ride a horse is to ride the sky.  ~Author Unknown

It’s a lot like nuts and bolts – if the rider’s nuts, the horse bolts!  ~Nicholas Evans

The horses paw and prance and neigh,
Fillies and colts like kittens play,
And dance and toss their rippled manes
Shining and soft as silken skeins;…
~Oliver Wendell Holmes

All I pay my psychiatrist is the cost of feed and hay, and he’ll listen to me any day.  ~Author Unknown

When you’re young and you fall off a horse, you may break something.  When you’re my age, you splatter.  ~Roy Rogers

For want of a Nail the Shoe was lost; for want of a Shoe the Horse was lost; and for want of a Horse the Rider was lost; being overtaken and slain by the Enemy, all for want of Care about a Horse-shoe Nail.  ~Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanac, June 1758

A horse which stops dead just before a jump and thus propels its rider into a graceful arc provides a splendid excuse for general merriment.  ~Duke of Endinburgh

Small children are convinced that ponies deserve to see the inside of the house.  ~Maya Patel

The daughter who won’t lift a finger in the house is the same child who cycles madly off in the pouring rain to spend all morning mucking out a stable.  ~Samantha Armstrong

I hope you love reading these quotes as much as I enjoyed compiling (and reading them)!