The animals

The tarpan

tarpan horses

The Tarpan is a primitive horse, an ancestor of the domestic horse. It appears on the rock face of the Lascaux caves. It was domesticated around five hundred years ago, since when it has become extinct. It has been "recreated" from related blood lines and cross-bred descendants.
This grey coated wild horse used to be found in forests all over Europe. Extremely hardy, they are very resistant to the cold. They are sociable and friendly creatures.

They live in herds led by the dominant stallion. Their weight varies between 150 and 200 kg. They measure no more than 1.30m at the withers.

They feed on pasture, leaves, buds and some types of bark. The mare gives birth to one or sometimes two foals after a gestation period of 345 days. Life expectancy is 12 to 15 years.