Rare Caspian Horse Makes Comeback


A breed of horse thought extinct for a thousand years is well and truly on the comeback trail thanks to the efforts of breeders like Pat Bowles.

The recent arrival of a Caspian foal at her British stud is yet another small piece in a remarkable jigsaw that has been growing since the breed was rediscovered in the mid-1960s by American woman Louise Firouz.  The foal arrived during the summer of 2007.


The Caspian breed holds a unique place in history as it was shown on the Seal of King Darius the Great around 500BC.

Today, there is an estimate of 400 in Britain and over 1650 in the world.



An English-bred stallion – Runnymede Karamat
was one of the first
Caspians to be exported to the USA.


Story Link: News Report

Story Link: Rediscovery of the Caspian Horse

Story Link: Caspians Horses Around The World

Story Link: The Caspian Horse Today

Story Link: How DNA Saved An “Extinct” Breed


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  1. Beautiful, aren’t they? I know someone else who’s got some; maybe just a stallion, I’m not certain. She raises sport ponies in KY and has a few different breeds (including mustangs!)

    Desperate Horsewife,
    They look so unique and beautiful. Would love to see some.

  2. Having lived on and around the Caspian Sea for 11 years — in Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan — I had not heard of the Caspian breed. This is a great story. Thanks for finding.

    Steve LeVine, author
    The Oil and the Glory: The Pursuit of Empire and Fortune on the Caspian Sea (Random House)

  3. Hello Steve LeVine,
    Thank you for your comments on the Caspian horses.

    Fascinating and pertinent information on your website.
    I look forward to reading your book “The Oil and the Glory”.

    Thanks again, for the contact.

  4. I have never heard of this breed before. They are certainly striking. It is interesting to read that owners must be careful about making sure that their pasture isn’t too rich.

  5. Hi Pat, like you, I found myself on Simply Marvelous with a story from an interview I did with the local paper with my Caspian horses. I would love to get in touch with you. For any other admirers of Caspian horses we will be offering Kristull Talib at stud this year, including live cover, frozen and transported semen. Details to be on our website soon.

    Link: Website for “Kristull Talib” at Marsh Haven Farm

    Link: Earlier Post about Donna O’Neil: Rare Caspian Horses Get Second Chance

  6. I have had Caspians since 1998. Bought my first from England. Caspian is one of the world’s most beautiful small horses. If you bought one you’d want them all.

    Hello Cathérine,
    How wonderful to hear from a Caspian breeder! I looked at your website and must say that you have some spectacular horses! Congratulations. Thanks, also, for your visit here.

  7. impressive horse…

  8. Hello Everyone,

    Just wanted to let you all know that the Caspian Horse is the breed of the month for March 2008 at Horse Lovers Central! Stop on by and feel free to post more information about this breed.


  9. Welcome in and look Caspian horses in Sweden and Norway.

    Ca Za caspian stud, Sweden

  10. I forgeth the link

  11. Hi,
    I go up to Pat Bowles Caspian stud on a regular basis and it is lovely to see this old picture of Justin who is now for sale for use as a stallion. They 8 stunning foals this year, 4 colts and 4 filly’s. they are all stunning and it has been wonderful watching them all grow.

    • Hi Jess,
      Thank you for the update on the wonderful Caspian horses at Pat Bowles farm. What a successful year they have had! Congrats to them.


  12. Thank you very much for your help, this has been a great reprieve from the books,

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