Time running out for homebred horses

  • 2003-03-20
  • Steve Roman
TALLINNOnce they were the breed of choice for officers in Russia's imperial calvalry. Later they drove the farms of the first Estonian republic. Now the Tori horse, Estonia's home-grown sturdy and reliable breed, is on the verge of extinction, and efforts to save it may be too little too late. The Tori horse originated in 1856 when Baltic German landlords in Tori, near the southern Estonian town of Pärnu, attempted to create an impressive breed of riding horse for export. They began by crossing Arabian horses with local ponies and Finnish draught horses. But the Tori horse Estonians know to...
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