In the Arkhangelsk region, they were closely engaged in the restoration of the undeservedly forgotten mezen. This horse breed is considered native forest and was very popular already in the eighteenth century.
Mezen horses got their name in honor of the Mezen river flowing in the Arkhangelsk region. Scientists believe that they descend from wild horses and inherited from their ancestors extraordinary endurance, good health, and unpretentiousness in maintenance.
Universal breed can be used both as a lightweight and riding breed. This strong and beautiful animal with a complaisant character for many years was the pride of Pomerania, but it almost completely disappeared with a general loss of interest in work horses. Only thanks to local enthusiasts managed to save the Mezen breed.
On the basis of the surviving gene pool, scientists of the Arkhangelsk Research Institute of Agriculture select horses with the best exterior and working qualities. In their opinion, the mesenes will find worthy application: in modern agriculture, in sports, and in hypotherapy.
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