The Malakan horse is a breed of Turkish draft horses recognizable by their muscular and upright conformation, which is well-suited for doing tasks that require strength and resilience.
|Other Names||Ardahan Horse|
|Temperament/Personality||Friendly, docile, patient, willing|
|Physical Characteristics||Elegant and expressive head; short, muscular neck, wide rump; strong and heavy frame|
|Colors||Gray, black, dun|
|Height (size)||13.8-14 hands (55-56 inch, 140-142 cm)|
|Blood Type||Hot blooded|
|Common Uses||Transportation, draft, and farm animal|
|Health||No health conditions related to the breed is known up until now|
|Popular Traits||Quite heavy, powerful, and tough|
|Feeding/Diet||Forage including pasture, hay/hay cubes, pellets, or hay mixed with grass/legume|
|Country of Origin||Turkey|
|Ancestors||Orlov, Ardennes, Shire, Percheron, Biçuk, Clydesdale, and Danish draft horses|
During the late 19th century, the Malakan horses evolved from a breeding stock which was brought to the cities of Ardahan and Kars from the Caucasus by some Turkish immigrants. The breed’s ancestors were developed by crossing between Percheron, Clydesdale, Orlov, Shire, Ardennes, Biçuk, Danish draft horse, and the Anatolian. Later, the Turkish government added more Ardennes blood in order to improve the strength, stamina, and weight.