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THE WILD HORSE OF POLAND

Naturevolume 150pages681682 (1942) | Download Citation

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WHILE studying the literature of the fossil remains of Scottish prehistoric animals I came across many interesting data recorded by the eminent Edinburgh zoologist, Prof. J. Cossar Ewart, on the subject of the hypothetical wild Torest horse' of Scotland. According to Ewart it must have been “a stout horse with a heavy mane and tail, short strong legs, thick fetlock, joints and hoofs”, a “type to which belong many of the stout, short-necked, round-quartered, deerstalking ponies of the Scottish Highlands”, with a face that is “broader and at the same time shorter . ., the outline of the face being concave”. Until recently, the existence of such an animal, either in the history of man or in prehistoric times, lacked satisfactory proof. In view of the uncertainty concerning the Scottish 'forest horse' I should like to record certain facts about an interesting type of horse which still exists in Poland. This horse, the so-called konik (literally 'little horse' or 'pony'), formed the subject of an extensive (i) THE BILGORAY “KONIK”, WITH THE CHARACTERISTIC BLACK STRIPE ALONG THE BACK. study by Prof. T. (2) THE STALLION “TREE”IN AUTUMN, BEFORE TURNING WHITE. (3) THE MARE “CZAJKA”Vetulani, of the IN AUTUMN. (4) THE MARE “CZAJKA”IN WINTER. (5) THE STALLION “TREF”IN WINTER. University of

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    • T. JANIKOWSKI

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