By PetMD Editorial on Dec. 15, 2009

The Hinis horse breed has thrived for nearly a century in Turkey, from which it originated. This enduring and hardy horse is considered easy to take care of; however, most are no longer used for draft, riding or personal breeding. An endangered breed, their reproduction is overseen by the Turkish government.


Physical Characteristics


The Hinis breed is admired for many qualities that relate to its physique. Its facial profile can be called flawless. And although wide-set, its eyes give the Hinis a good view of its surroundings. From the bone structure of the Hinis horse breed, it can be inferred that this horse breed has the capacity to carry great loads. Typical coat colors for Hinis horses include bay, chestnut, brown, black, dun, palmomino, and gray.  


Personality and Temperament


The Hinis horse breed is known for its patient temperament and ability to thrive in harsh conditions. However, present conditions have made it hard for people to acquire a Hinis horse breed, inasmuch as there are only about 500 pure Hinis horses that now exist. Hinis are therefore carefully preserved and are not available for sale.


History and Background


Also known as the Hinisin Kolu Kisasi Ati, the Hinis horse breed originated in Turkey almost 100 years ago -- specifically, from the city of Hinis, from which it acquired its name. The development of the Hinis horse breed was brought about by the continued presence of the Turks in Hinis. The Turks brought their horses of Turkish Arab extraction with them. These were crossbred with the local horse stock. The continued breeding resulted in the modern Hinis horse.


The Hinis horse had long been thought of as extinct. Only recently was this assumption refuted, when Hinis horses were seen in small groups. The Turkish government is now taking measures to protect the Hinis breed from possible extinction.

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