Karachay Horses


People say that Karachay horses are the best breed of climbers. It is on these creatures that people have accomplished several ascents of Europe’s highest peak – Mount Elbrus.

People say that Karachay horses are the best breed of climbers. It is on these creatures that people have accomplished several ascents of Europe’s highest peak – Mount Elbrus. Karachay recognised these horses as an independent breed in 1927 when they were introduced into the State Pedigree Book of Mountain Horses. Since that time the breed and its purity has been threatened in many ways. Karachay horses however, have managed to overcome these threats, maintaining a high level of endurance and quality in their work – something unique to them. These horses live in open fields all year round and in summer they climb to heights of up to 3,000 metres above sea level in search of food. RTG TV host Olga Degtyareva got to witness the proud nature of these mountain horses in this new programme.