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.