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J. Anim. Sci. Adv.,. 2012; 2(8): 659-663


Some morphological traits of Arabian Horses used for javelin swarm (cirit) game in Erzurum

Orhan YILMAZ, Mehmet ERTUGRUL, Saim BOZTEPE.

Abstract
In Turkey Arab Horse are mainly used for race, but about 30 years they are also used for javelin swarm game in Erzurum. The aim of this study was to define body coat colour and some morphological traits of Turkish Arabian horses used for the javelin swarm (Cirit) game on horse in Erzurum. In this study a total of 90 Arabian horses, 87 males and 3 females, was analyzed in four age groups (3-4, 5-6, 7-8 and 9-13 years). Descriptive statistics gave the following means: withers height 158.5 0.51 cm, height at rump 156.4 0.48 cm, body length 152.5 0.72 cm, heart girth circumferences 176.3 0.38 cm, chest depth 68.5 0.33 cm, chest width 39.5 0.26 cm, cannon circumferences 20.3 0.12 cm, head length 61.3 0.37 cm and ear length 14.9 0.15 cm. In this study the frequencies of body coat colour of the sampled horses for gray colour was 53.4%, chestnut 33.3%, and bay 13.3%.

Key words: Arabian, javelin swarm, morphologic trait, coat colour, genetic resource



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