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Abyssinian (horse)

Alternative names: Gala
Country of origin: Ethiopia
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

The Abyssinian, also known as the Gala, is a light horse breed that originated in Ethiopia.



They generally stand around 13.3 hands high but show wide variability in coloration, size and conformation.

The breed's coat is generally short and harsh, but unique in that it displays many 'rosettes' and ridges, and also generally grows a moustache around its nose. Many breeders, especially those in England, have worked to improve this rosette pattern. Because the hair grows in so many directions, it can be hard to brush, and great care must be taken to keep the coat clean and free of dirt. Most are green eyed, due to uncommon genes.[1].

Breed history

The Abyssinian has spread from Ethiopia along the coastline of the Red Sea. The breed was first exported to England in 1861.


Despite its small size, the Abyssinian has been bred for strength and for the ability to live and work in mountainous areas.[2]


  1. "Abyssinian". Equine Kingdom. http://www.equinekingdom.com/breeds/light_horses/abyssinian.htm. Retrieved December 20, 2007. 
  2. "The Abyssnian Horse, Ethiopian/Gala." Accessed December 20. 2007

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