(Persia Digest) – Iranian Turkmens live in north and northeaster Iran. Most Turkmen have been fond of horses and horse breeding throughout history and are known with their horses. Their poets have also composed many a verse on the subject. Horses bred in Turkmen Sahra are one of the most original pure bred in the world. Their traits include stretched, elegant bodies, delicate but strong limbs, flat or prominent profiles, slim chests, low backs, and long necks.
Today, the purest Turkmen horses in Iran are bred in Rāz and Jorgalan, in northern Khorasan, where most of this horse population lives. Other important centers are the towns of Gonbad Kavous and Soufian village outside Kalaleh in Golestan Province, northern Iran. Many people living near Golestan spend their weekends in Soufian village to see and ride the horses.
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