East meets West

Global Horse Culture Archive on October 5, 2007, 8:56

The South African Boer Horse (Boerperd) descends from an interesting mixture of breeds. The first horses brought to South Africa by Europeans were Andalusians, Persian Arabs and Java Ponies. These were mixed and selected to provide all purpose horses and cavalry mounts. In the 1800s the blood of Friesians, Norfolk Trotters, Cleveland Bays and Hackneys was added. Today's Boerperd is somewhat variable in appearance, with some horses showing their Arabian or Andalusian ancestry more strongly, and others leaning more towards the Norfolk Trotter, Hackney or Cleveland Bay appearance.