Mingrelian - horses for sale
Mingrelian horses are also known as Megrel or Megruli horses. These strong pony-sized equines come from the Caucasus and are possibly representative of an early type of domesticated horse. The Mingrelian is particularly associated with Kolchida, the western region of the nation of Georgia. Traditionally used as riding and pack horses, a few people still buy a Mingrelian for those purposes today. Although they are small animals, they have also had a role as working animals in the agriculture of the region. With breeding being well established by medieval times, there has always been interest from farmers and traders who wanted to buy a Mingrelian as a working animal.
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Use and characteristics of the Mingrelian
The Mingrelian is a remarkably adaptable breed, able to cope with the unusual climate and topography of Kolchida. They stand around 12.3 hands (51 inches/130 cm) high. Their relatively long legs are an advantage for both riding and pack horse work. Their faces are straight in profile, rather than convex or concave. Coat colours are varied, including bay and black with red points and muzzles. It always made sense to buy a Mingrelian for use in their home region since they were naturally acclimatised to regional conditions. Breeders raised the horses in the mountains knowing there was always an active market to sell a Mingrelian amongst the agriculturalists of the valleys and lowlands.