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Jutland (Horse)
The Jutland Horse can be traced back to the 12th century, although ninth century pictures of Danish warriors show them riding horses which appear quite similar to the modern Jutland. Jutlands are a cold-blooded, draft horse breed orginating from Denmark.
Kabardian (Horse) or Kabardin
The Kabardian horse breed is a breed from the Caucasus, currently part of Russia and Georgia. Historically the breed has been known for at least 400 years, but its origins are considered to be as old as the Hittite civilisation. These horses are noted for their endurance and ease to adapt in difficult environments. They are low demanding horses with an average size of 155 cm, muscular, with hard hoof and stable character.

The number of Kabardian horses was estimated to be around 200,000 in the middle of the 19th century but was reduced dramatically after the Russian Revolution.

Currently the breed is being reconstructed by private breeders in Russia and Europe. Nowadays Kabardian horses are gaining in popularity in endurance riding, tourism, and recreational riding.

Karabakh Horse
Karabakh horse , also known as Karabakh , is a mountain-steppe racing and riding horse. It is named after the Karabakh region of Azerbaijan , part of which is under Armenian military occupation. The horse was originally developed in this region. These horses are noted for their good tempers and speed. In 2004 a Karabakh horse named Kishmish from Agdam stud in Azerbaijan made a record in speed by running 1000 meters in 1 minute, 9 seconds and 1600 meters in 1 minute, 52 seconds.

The breed is thought to be a cross-breeding of Akhal-Teke, Persian, Kabardin, Turkoman Horse, and Arabian horse. It also influenced the development of the Russian Don horse in the 19th century. At present, the Karabakh is bred mainly in Azerbaijan, but most of the horses are Karabakh-Arabian crosses, not pure Karabakh horses. Currently the breed numbers below 1,000 and is threatened with extinction.

The Kathiawari is a breed of horse from India, specifically originating in the Kathiawar peninsula. The horses, although small, are not ponies. The animals are14.2 - 15 hh in height, and can be dun, chestnut, bay, any of the cream dilutions (palomino, buckskin, , cremello, perlino, and smoky cream), tobiano pinto, and sabino pinto. Roan, champagne, black, frame and splash overo, and the appaloosa pattern are not found in the breed.

The Kathiawari is though to have been first bred in the 14th century, by the crossing of native ponies, Arabians, and other oriental breeds. There is a legend that shipwrecked Arabians swam to shore and breed with local ponies. Others believe that Arabians and other oriental breeds were shipped to India during the reign of the Mugal emperors and deliberately crossed with local breeds.

The breed has great endurance and stamina, due to its Arabian ancestry, the animals are highly prized in the area. The horses were originally bred by wealthy families who would name a strain according to their foundation mare. Today, however, the government-controlled stud at Junagadh breeds most horses.

The Kathiawari is similar in appearance to the Marwari, with extremely turned-in ears that are large and very mobile with the ability to easily rotate a full 360 degrees. Their ears touch together at the tips. The have fine heads attached by a graceful neck. The build is very narrow and wiry, with a narrow and deep chest. The shoulders are moderately sloping, the back is long, and the croup sloping. The tail is set and carried high. Although the legs are slim, they are strong, and the hooves are tough. The horses usually have cow hocks.

The horses are tough and frugal. Although sometimes unpredictable, they generally have a quiet temperament. Many have a natural ability to pace, possibly from the influence of the breeds of Central Asia.

Today, the horses are used for mounted police work by the Gujarat division, as well as the game of tent pegging.

Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse
The Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse is a gaited breed bred in eastern Kentucky that comes in many colors.

Kiger Mustang
Kiger Mustangs are a type of horse that were discovered in 1977, during a roundup by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Beatys Butt, located in southeastern Oregon (Harney County) in the United States." [1] During the roundup, it was noticed that among those horses collected from the area, there was a group with similar color and markings. Testing was done at the University of Kentucky and the DNA showed close relation to the Spanish horses brought over in the 1600s . It was agreed that these horses would be separated from the other horses and the BLM placed two groups in different Horse Management Areas (HMAs) to preserve the breed. Seven horses were placed in Riddle Mountain HMA and twenty in Kiger HMA.

The Kiger Mustang is an "established breed", that is, breeding true for generations to a certain type. Many of today's existing Kiger Mustangs can be traced back to a single stallion named "Mesteño", whose name means "stray" or "feral" in Spanish (see etymology at mustang horse).

Kiger Mustangs are primarily dun in color and have primitive markings, including zebra-like stripes on the upper legs and shoulders as well as stripe running down the middle of the back into the tail—this is called a dorsal stripe. Typically a dun horse is a shade of muted tan or a light brown-gray with dark brown or black manes. A dun colored horse may have many, but not all, of the primitive markings which include the dorsal stripe, two-toned manes and/or tails, zebra-like stripes on the upper legs and shoulders, dark color around muzzle and ears with dark outlines and lighter interiors. Dun horses are generally identified as simply duns or grullas.

Kiger Mustangs, as a rule, are agile and intelligent, with the stamina and surefootedness seen in many feral horse breeds. Bold and with lots of "heart and bottom" (a term for courage and determination) but gentle as well as calm, they are ideal for pleasure riding as well as trail, performance, endurance, driving, and many other situations that an athletic horse is desired. [citation needed]

The horse featured in the animated film Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron , was based on a real Kiger Mustang called "Donner". [2]

1. History of the Kiger Mustang. Kiger Mestino Association. Retrieved on 2007 - 03-09.
2. Kiger Mustang's[sic]—The Spanish Mustang. Kiger Brand Mustangs. Retrieved on 2007 - 03-09.

Kisber Felver
The Kisber Felver is a sport horse breed developed at the former Kisber Stud in Hungary. Through a carefully controlled breeding program, a distinct type evolved. Created over a hundred years ago, the Kisber Felver displays conformation, athletic ability, movement, and temperament. Unfortunately, World War I and World War II nearly wiped them out. In 1945, more than half of the breeding stock were taken as war damage. 150 Kisber Felver horses were imported for the US Remount. Unlike the romantic and yet similar story of the Lipizzaner, these horses were sold at public auction in 1947 when the remount disbanded. Only a handful of people understood the true value of these horses and only through their passion do any remain.

Kisber Felvers are capable of performing in all modern sport horse disciplines. They range in all solid colors, including palomino and buckskin. they range from 15.3 to 17 hands high. Accepted crosses: All breeding stallions are inspected and licensed by the breeding committee to be used for reproduction.

The Kladruber ( Czech Kladrubský kun ) is the oldest czech horse breed, and today is considered very rare. The main breeding centre is in National stud farm Kladruby nad Labem in Czech republic where Kladrubers have been bred for more than 400 years, being now one of the world's oldest horse breeds. Kladrubers have always been bred to be a galakarosier - a heavy type of carriage horse used on court ceremonial occasions.
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The Kinsky horse or Equus Kinsky Europe's original sport horse was bred until the middle of the 20th century in Bohemia, a part of the modern-day Czech Republic. At one time it was the most prominent breed in that part of the world.
The Knabstrup or Knabstrupper is a European horse breed with an unusual range of coat coloration. It shows the same color pattern as the Appaloosa, with coat patterns ranging from solid, through many variants to the full leopard spotted. Leopard Spotting is the most prized color pattern.
The konik is a small Polish horse, a kind of semi-wild pony. In Poland these horses are called koniks, this word comes from the Polish diminutive for a horse, but refers to several breeds. These koniks show many primitive features, for example some breeds have the dun coat and dorsal stripe.

In 1936, professor Tadeusz Vetulani of Poznan University began attempts to breed the extinct tarpan back to its original state. The Polish government commandeered all the koniks, which displayed tarpan-like features. The result of this selective breeding programme is that semi-wild herds of koniks can be seen today in many nature reserves and parks.

The Kustanair is a younger breed of horse that developed in the former U.S.S.R. At the state studs, they deliberately bred two different types of horses. The first set were stabled, corn fed, and selectively bred, while the other group were kept at pasture year round, allowing them to breed naturally, and have to find their own food, thereby producing a stronger, slightly heavier horse suitable for light draft work, whereas the stabled ones produced better quality horses.

The Kustanair developed through crosses between Thoroughbred, Don, Kazakh, Half-bred, and the now extinct Strelets. Early crosses were fairly unsuccessful, but by using native mares and more Thoroughbred blood, the Kustaniar finally emerged. They are a warm-blooded breed, well suited for the harness work many had to do. For the most part, they have an easygoing temperament, though they do act up on occasions. They come in all solid colours, although chestnut is predominant. They range in size from 15 to 15.2 HH.

Latvian Harness Horse
The Latvian Harness horse comes from Latvia and there are three types altogether. Many other popular breeds have been introduced over the centuries.
Lipizzan or Lipizzaner
The Lipizzan , or Lipizzaner ( Slovene Lipicanec ), is a breed of horse closely associated with the Spanish Riding School of Vienna, Austria where the finest representatives demonstrate the "high school" movements of classical dressage, including the highly advanced "airs above the ground." The Lipizzan breed dates back to the 16th century, when it was developed with the support of the Habsburg nobility . The breed takes its name from one of the of the earliest stud farms established, located near the Kras village of Lipica (spelled "Lipizza" in Italian ), in modern-day Slovenia. More Information
Lithuanian Heavy Draught
The Lithuanian Heavy Draught is a working horse breed created in Lithuania during the 19th and 20th centuries. As of 2004, the breed constituted about 20% of the Lithuanian horse population.
The Lokai , a mountain horse bred in Tajikistan, has been known for being a riding horse, a packhorse, or even sometimes a light draft horse. This horse usually stands up to 15 hands, or 60 inches. It was originally a mix of Central Asian bloodlines, but then it was improved by Persian or Iomud blood, and then by the Karabair. More recently, Lokai horses are crosses with Arabian, Thoroughbred, and Tersk stallions. The Lokai horse is a tough "all-arounder."
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The Lusitano is an ancient Portuguese breed of horse that until the 1960s shared its registration with the Spanish horse, the Andalusian. Both are sometimes called Iberian horses, as their land of origin is the Iberian peninsula. These Iberian horses were developed for use in war, dressage and bull fighting.

Lyngshest, see Nordlandshest/ Lyngshest

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