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CASPIAN HORSES
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History of the Caspian Horse
The Caspian Horse is one of the rarest breeds of horses in the world, dating back to 3000 B.C.  In fact, the Caspian is the oldest domestic breed in existence.  Pictures of these magnificent little horses can be seen on reliefs at the ancient palace of King Darius the Great at Persepolis, pulling chariots, fighting lions.  The Caspian was thought to be extinct until 1965, when American Louise Firouz found the stallion Ostad in an area around the Caspian Sea in Iran.  She later discovered a few more and started a breeding program.

Political problems in Persia (Iran) were threatening the survival of the Caspian horses.  Louise made arrangements with Prince Philip to import some Caspians to England.  Later, others were imported to Europe, Australia and New Zealand.  When the revolution in Iran occurred, the Caspian horses were virtually destroyed, but because of the earlier imports, the breed survived.  Today, there are about 1000 Caspians in the world; about 500 in the U.S.

You can read more about the phenomenal history and survival of this amazing horse on the official registry website for "The Caspian Horse Society of the Americas" -- http://www.Caspian.org
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