Approximate Size: 12.2-13.3 hh
Color Variations Black, Grey and Brown
Place of Origin: Albania/Balkans
Uses The Albanian originated from the Balkan Peninsula. The Albanian is most likely a crossbreed of Tarpan, Turkmenian, and Mongolian stock with an infusion of Arabian during the Ottoman Empire. The Albanians at this time were used more for transportation and riding than for farming.
The small stocky stature of the Albanian horse has made it perfect for endurance applications, and navigating difficult terrain. Historically, this has made the Albanian a preferred choice for transportation - ideally for pulling a wagon or carriage.
The Albanian horse breed has been targeted by horse breeders, and mixed with several other breeds of horses in an attempt to improve the horse's usefulness for agriculture related applications.
Common coat colors for the Albanian include chestnut, black and gray. The mountain Albanian typically stands at about 12.2 hands and the plains Albanian stands at about 13.2 hands.
Below is a video of Robin Hanbury-Tenison with his Albanian horse: