Kaimanawa Breed Standard


General Appearance and Impression

There is wide variation within the breed in general appearance and impression, however, they are well muscled, with heights generally falling between 12.2hh and 15hh.

Attributes

Hearing and sight are acute. Highly intelligent, quick adapters, hardy, robust and strong, reflecting their survival instincts in the wild. They are sound, sure-footed and tough and live on very little. They are of sound wind and limb with very highly developed sensory organs.

The Head

Medium to broad forehead with large expressive eyes, in good proportion to the size of the horse. There is a wide variation due to the bloodlines that have formed the breed.

Teeth

Good sound teeth, but generally large and well-formed. Horses from the Range tend to show wear well beyond their age.

Ears

Well set and alert.

Neck

Short, deep neck with a thick throat area, not always in proportion to body.

Shoulder

The shoulder tends to be straight.

Forelegs

The forelegs should be perpendicular to the body. The forearms should be long and well muscled, the cannons shorter in comparison to the forearm. Hair quantity on legs is quite diverse.

Body

The body is to have a deep girth with a well sprung rib cage. Well proportioned with short to medium rather than long body.

Hindquarters

Hindquarters vary from sloping to well-rounded with the tail set neither excessively high or low, but smoothly rounding off rump.

Hooves

The hooves should be strong walled and of good proportion, tending to be upright. The toes should face straight ahead, neither in or out. Hind hooves are generally smaller and slightly narrower than the front.

Paces

Tends to have a unique gait due to influence of shoulder.

Colour

Any colour or pattern marking is acceptable.

Temperament

Good temperament is of the utmost importance. Should be curious, alert, intelligent and friendly.

Age

1st of August is the qualifying foal date.