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||200-300 kg (440-660 lb)
(at the withers/top of shoulder)
|1.42 m (4.65 ft)
||1.37 m (4.50 ft)
||2.1 m (6.9 ft), average
||90 cm (3 ft), average
- Smaller than most domestic horses
- Thick, short neck and short limbs
- Iris of eye is usually brown
- Sheds mane and tail annually, unlike domestic horses.
- Mane is dark brown to black and stands upright, with no forelock
- Domestic horses have long, falling manes
- Dock of tail is shorthaired; hairs get gradually longer along the sides
- Muzzle is short and high, lower margin of jaw is straight.
- Two color types
- Bright yellowish-red-brown
- Pale grey-yellow.
- Head and neck darker than the body
- Underparts lighter than flanks
- 3 to 10 thin dark stripes on legs
- Dark dorsal stripe (“eel-mark”) runs from mane down back to tail-tuft
- Muzzle is light-colored, often white
Rare and Rugged
The endangered Przewalski's horse has a distinctive tan-colored coat, white muzzle, and dark mane that stands upright.
Image credit: © San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance. All rights reserved.
Boyd & Houpt (1994)
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