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We nurture a relationship with Tarpan horses, educate the public about their legacy and
foster the development of life skills.
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What are Tarpans and Tarpan horses?
Tarpans are considered to be one of the wild horse ancestors of the domesticated horse. Tarpan is a Turkish word for wild horse. Historical accounts set the time of their extinction during the late 19th or early 20th century. One good reference for more information is this website: Return to Freedom | Extinct Breeds.
Tarpan horses are descendants of horses and Tarpans. We recognize three types of Tarpan horses: Koniks, Heck horses, and Hegard or Stroebel Tarpans. All are replicas of Tarpans. Their developers sought to recreate the ancient tarpan that roamed the forests of Eurasia. Since DNA approaches did not exist, they used back-breeding based on observable physical characteristics.
Why are Tarpan horses important today?
Historical accounts described Tarpan ancestors as wild, destructive, and dangerous, but our Tarpan horses have a unique approach to life and enjoy partnering with humans. They have innate curiosity that makes them stop and examine rather than bolt. When nurtured they are unusually good as therapy horses as well as family and project horses. As an all–around horse, they can be used in any discipline. They cost very little to own because of their extremely low maintenance needs when kept naturally. They have been introduced to maintain wetlands and reclaim land. Tarpan horses seem to possess some of the resilient qualities of a free-roaming, woodlands horse along with a desire to connect with humans.
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Unequivocal grace and intelligence that must be experienced in person
- Tarpans were one of the wild ancestors of the domesticated horse
- Tarpan horses are replicas descended from both Tarpans and horses
- They are described as having the power of an Andalusian horse, the size of an Icelandic pony, the instincts of a wild horse and the loyalty of an Arabian
- Tarpan horses are innately friendly towards humans, with a curious nature and stalwart character
The Tarpan Horse Conservation Program is in the process of developing several projects that will benefit the activities of Conserving Tarpan Horses of Heck breeding.
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What Owners Say
~ straight from the horses mouth ~
"The feet on these Tarpan Horses never cease to amaze me! This horse is almost 10 years old and his feet are perfect! He has never had a trim in his life!"
"My yearling is absolutely unflappable. She is so curious and wants to be right there doing things with you. I love my Tarpans!"
"They are awesome, level headed and brave in general .. a bit stubborn. In my Opinion they are the best all around .. Munchie can go in any class from Western, to Hunter, to Eventing and excel!"
"My tarpan was the first horse my son and I trained together. He was easy to train, very curious and a little stubborn at times. We take him on trail camping rides with the family. After a day on the trail he likes to come to the campfire with us until bed time. We wouldn’t trade him for the world."
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~ We promote and protect the genetic integrity of the Tarpan horse ~