SUNSET RIDGE RANCH
CASPIAN HORSES
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About the Caspian Horse
Despite the small size of the Caspian Horse (10-12 hands), the Caspian is truly a horse.  According to the "New Encyclopedia of the Horse", "in almost every respect, it is the incarnation of Horse Type 4, as one of the pre-domestic sub-species of the horse."   

The overall look of the Caspian is that of an Arabian in miniature.  The limbs, body and head should all be in proportion to each other.   Eyes are almond shaped, large, dark, set low and prominent.  Nostrils are large, low set, finely chiseled.  Ears are short, wide apart, alert, finely drawn, with noticeable in-pricked at the tips.  The head is wide, vaulted forehead.  Frontal bones should blend into nasal bone in a pleasing slope.  Cheekbones are deep and prominent.  The head tapers to a fine, firm muzzle,  The neck is long and supple, with a finely modeled throat latch.  The shoulders are long, sloping well modeled with a good wither.  The body is slim, with a deep girth.  The quarters are long and sloping from hip to point of buttocks.  The hocks are well angled; pasterns are fine and sloping. 

Typical colors are bay, chestnut and gray.  Grays often go through many changes with maturity:  from black, to gray, to white.

There are some physical differences between the Caspian and other breeds:  They have an extra set of lower molars; the cannon bones are longer and slimmer; the first 6 vertebrae are longer than usual; their hooves are narrow & oval, with less frog; their inter parietal bones in the skull do not close to form a parietal crest.

The Caspian temperament is highly intelligent and alert, but kind and willing.  Their action is long, low, free and fast, so that the horse appears to float.  The Caspian can keep up with larger horses at every gait except the gallop.  They are natural jumpers and though spirited even the stallions can be handled by children. 

The Caspian is an ideal child's or small adult's mount (up to 130 lbs).  They command attention in the show ring.  They can be registered and shown as a Sport Pony.  They are extraordinary jumpers (as high as 5 ft. with rider) and their acceleration and agility in harness is unmatched.  They excel at the speed and turning ability required to compete in gymkhana events.

Pictured here are:  Ghorube Aftab Kaya and Protoarabian Ezekiel.
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