The Abyssinian horse, also sometimes
called the Gala, is a small, round horse about 13.3 hands high.
Although it is of pony size, it is considered a light horse breed.
They are accustomed to life and work in the mountains, and have
also spread down to the plains and today are all around the coastline
of the Red Sea. These horses originated in Ethiopia and there is
a great deal of variability in the coloration, size, and conformation
of the breed.
The Abyssinian is one of the oldest
recorded breeds, and it arrived in England in 1861. Fanciers worked
hard to improve the rosette pattern in the breed's coat, which they
found quite interesting and challenging. The Abyssinian has a short,
harsh coat displaying many of these rosettes and ridges. This horse
breed also has an endearing mustache around their noses. Their coats
are hard to brush because of the way the hair grows in so many different
directions at once. Great care is often taken to keep the coat free
of dirt and very clean.
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