Faroe horse, rarest breed in the world?

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    03-20-2012, 10:43 AM
Faroe horse, rarest breed in the world?

I post this to bring the Faroe Horse to the attention of those generally interested in horses.

There is a horse breed in the Faroe Islands that has recently been recognized as a unique breed. Genetic studies performed at the university of Uppsala in Sweden indicate that the horse has been isolated for possibly as long as 1200 years, which makes it one of the oldest and rarest breeds. It is most closely related to the Exmoor and Dartmoor.

In the sixties there were only 5 or 6 horses left, and with a massive effort the number has now risen to 62 individuals, but that still counts as critically endangered. There is an ongoing effort by enthusiasts to increase their numbers, but the circumstances under which they work leave much to be desired.

This is the Facebook page, and this is a website by Faroese horse enthusiasts:
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    03-20-2012, 10:50 AM
Interesting read.
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    03-20-2012, 01:11 PM
That was very interesting. Thanks for that :).
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    03-20-2012, 02:49 PM
Very interesting! I learned something today :) thanks for the nugget of information!
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    03-20-2012, 11:03 PM
Extraordinary how a breed or species can fight so hard against extinction. You wonder, when they get down to just a single-digit number of individuals, how they even survive. Any illness, bad weather, lack of food, anything could wipe them out in a flash, yet they persevere. Having diverged from other breeds so long ago, I think they're well worth saving!
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    03-20-2012, 11:10 PM
Thanks for sharing!
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    03-20-2012, 11:12 PM
That's so interesting! Thanks for sharing!
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    03-20-2012, 11:16 PM
Any studies about the breeding with UK Shetlands?
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