The Basjkir Horse

The Basjkir horse originates in the Russian Republic of Bashkortostan (formerly Basjkiria) in the southernmost part of the Ural Mountains range. The people of Bashkortostan have been breeding these horses for more than 1000 years. The horses are kept in large herds in semi-wild conditions, which results in the horses keeping much of the characteristics of a wild horse.

Thrice times Khans: - Djingis, Tjudo and Sheere!

The Basjkir horse has a good and level temperament and is easy to handle. It is sturdy, intelligent and quick-witted, but also very stubborn. Furthermore, it is content, affectionate and calm. If frightened, the Basjkir horse does not panick and bolt, but "freeze" and check the danger out to see if it is worth fleeing or not.

The Basjkir horse is as large as a large pony, approximately 130 to 150 cm in height. In spite the small size, it is very strong. It is rumoured that it can carry up to 1000 kg (!). The figure is most likely an exaggeration, but rests, no doubt, on impressive feats. The Basjkir horse is sure-footed and can express up to six different gaits. Apart from the three basic gaits walk, trot and gallop the Basjkir can show tolt, pace and anoter gait named cossack-trot. As of today, there are about 150 Basjkir horses in Sweden, dressage, show jumping, western, driving, reindeerherding (!), trail riding, and of course as a multi-purpose family-horse.

A Swedish standard for the breed is currently under construction in cooperation between the Swedish Basjkir Horse Association "Svenska Basjkirhästföreningen" (no site in English yet) and the Swedish horse breeding association "Svenska hästavelsförbundet" (no site in English yet).

The Basjkir horse is said to be "hypo-allergic"; that is, many people allergic to horses have been able to ride and groom Basjkir horses. This is thought to be due to the unique structure and build of the coat of the Basjkir horse. The hair structure of the single is different from those of other breeds, it resembles human hair more than regular horsehair and the coat of the Basjkir horse is very fat so particles are retained to a greater extent then it would be in a regular horse coat.

It is however important to stress that even if many people allergic to horses manages to be together with theses horses, it is not sure that you can. If you are allergic to horses and are going to visit a Basjkir horse for the first time, be careful, bring your medicines and do not visit the horses alone, always have someone else to accompany you. Research is currently conducted on the hypo-allergicness of the Basjkir horse. The results were to be published during the fall of 2000, but has been delayed.

The first four Basjkir horses arrived in Gideå, Sweden on the 30 of June 1998; Kalinka, Tamara, Tuscha and Djingis Khan. They were at the time four or five years old. Almost four months later the remaining two mares Galina and Bianca arrived on the 23 October. 1999 four foals was born: Tatjaana, Katitzi and Nikita. 2000 five more: Anastasia, Sheere Khan, Temora, Natasja and Tjudo Khan and in 2001 five: Ninotscha, Severyanka, Karizma, Mohi Khan and Temudjin Khan. 2002 six foals were born: four fillies: Nadia Djingisdotter, Mira Djingisdotter, Katia Djingisdotter and Kasòlea Djingisdotter and two colts: Tjaaka Khan and Astra Khan.

The herd at rest in the winter sun