Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 28-300 @139mm, 1/160sec, F/5.6, ISO-400
Location: Lelystad, Netherlands, Europe
As Is on October 21/2011
Nature Reserve: Oostvaardersplassen
Featured For A Challenge May 5/2012
Ponies, Cobs and Donkeys December 25/2011
High Quality Images November 1/2011
Amazing Wildlife October 26/2011
A Place to Call Home October 24/2011
Baby Wildlife of the World October 23/2011
Father & Son on the run in the last light of the setting Sun
The Konik or Polish primitive horse is a small horse, a kind of semi-feral horse, originating in Poland. The Polish word konik (plural koniki) is the diminutive of koń, the Polish word for “horse”. The name “konik” or “Polish konik” is used to refer to certain specific breeds. Koniks show many primitive markings including a dun coat and dorsal stripe.
In 1936, Professor Tadeusz Vetulani of Poznań University began attempts to breed the recently extinct tarpan back to its original state. To achieve this he used horses from the Biłgoraj area descended from wild tarpans captured in 1780 in Białowieża Forest and kept until 1808 in Zamoyski zoo. These had later been given to local peasants and crossbred with domestic horses. The Polish government commandeered all the koniks that displayed tarpan-like features. The result of this selective breeding program is that semi-wild herds of koniks can be seen today in many nature reserves and parks, and can also be seen in the last refugium in Białowieża Forest.