The horse is the animal whose domestication has most revolutionized the march of humanity … Companion of wars, conquests, work, it has completely changed modes of transport and lifestyles … This is particularly true in this land of steppes and endless mountains where without him you are like a sailor without a ship in the middle of the ocean.
Kyrgyz culture has been shaped around the horse, with the horse, for the horse, thanks to the horse … in short, we ride it, we train it, we catch it, we observe it, we milk, we eat it, we drink it, we look for it a lot … and we talk about it for whole days.
Always fascinated by horses and by this millennial balance between man, horse and steppe, I bought in 2015 a stallion and in 2017 a horse and 2 mares which have multiplied since with 4 new foals .
Horses spend the summer on the Son-kul plateau and the winter in the mountains around the village of Tolok. The transhumance takes place at the end of May then at the beginning of October for the return. Several owners come together to form a herd which will thus remain formed from spring to autumn according to the natural operating mode of horses: 1 stallion for 10-20 mares and young foals from 1 to 3 years old forming a separate herd. In the summer, the mares are milked to make Koumiss, the fermented mare’s milk which has been the magic potion of the nomadic peoples of the steppe since antiquity (Scythians).
If you would like to exchange views on Kyrgyz horses or if you are planning a horse riding travel to Kyrgyzstan, don’t hesitate to contact me using the contact form at the bottom of the page.
Ambler from the At-bashi region, born in 2014. Tireless travel and guardian companion.
Stallion born in 2011 in Chon-kyzyl-suu, Issik-kul region
Mare, mother of one foal in 2018
Mare, mother of 3 foals in 2018-2019-2020