Polish Konik (also known by: Konik polski (Poland), Panjepferd (German), Polish Pony, Polish Primative)
Exterior: Large head, broad body, strong legs. These horses are quiet temperament and easily managed. Hhey hardy, robust and self-reliant.
Height: 130 - 145 cm. (12.3-14.1 hands)
Weight: 320 - 405 kg.
Сolour: mainly mouse gray, but meets mouse dun, especially blue-dun tints. White marks are not desirable.
Characteristic property: zebra-like stripes markings on the legs and a dorsal stripe on the back, Peculiar to horses of native breeds.
The Konik is a particularly interesting breed of horse which is not much bigger than a pony. The Konik herd has its own hierarchy with every horse having its own place in the pecking order.
This breed has appeared in east Poland. Konik is a direct descendant of the now extinct European wild horse, the Tarpan. In the XIX century, Polish farmers captured the last Tarpan horses and crossed them with their own workhorses.
The result was a strong, hard working and manageable horse, which they named the Konik.
Today Konik is an ideal hobby-horse who excellently goes under a saddle and also suits as draught horse even for driving. These horses are unpretentious and can without problems the year round is on pasture without a stable. Konik are prolific and long-living horses.
Official Website of the Konikpaarden in Nederland