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Horse Myth: Number of Species

Contrary to popular belief, there is more than just one species of horse. In fact, there are two subspecies that derive from the main Equus genus species. The two existing subspecies are the Equus ferus caballas and the Przewalski. The Equus ferus caballas is a domesticated horse. The Przewalski is a horse native to Mongolia. At one time, the Przewalski was considered extinct; however, it was reintroduced at a nature reserve and today there are more than 300 Przewalski’s roaming the wild of Mongolia. A third subspecies of the horse was in existence up until the early 1900s. This particular species was known as the Equus ferus ferus or the Tarpan. The last of these subspecies died in Russia. The name comes from the Kazakh or Kyrgyz language and means “wild horse.” Attempts have been made to reintroduce this subspecies; however, most attempts have unsuccessfully produced horses with domestic traits. Click here for more details or talk with your veterinary clinic Wichita, KS.

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