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Horse Breeds
First Posted: July 6, 2009
Sep 24, 2010

Malopolski Horse or Lubelsko-Kielecki, Kraków-Rzeszów, Krakowsko-rzeszowski

Malopolski Horse

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Country of Origin: Poland

The Malapolski is a Polish breed of horse developed in the 19th century in Lesser Poland, Polish Malopolska, hence the name. It is versatile breed, used today for light draft and under-saddle work.


The Malapolski breed has been developed in southeastern Poland since the 1800s. They were formed from a combination of Arabian and Thoroughbred blood, with significant contributions from the Furioso and Gidrán breeds (both strains of Hungarian Anglo-Arabian. There are two distinct varieties of the Malapolski. The first is the Sadecki, which was heavily influenced by the Furioso line, and the second is the Darbowsko-Tarnowski, heavily influenced by theGidrá and Shagya Arab Gidrán line. The breed was also influenced by infusions of various other Arabian and Thoroughbred half-breeds. Today, they are breed at five state studs in Poland: Stubno, Prudnik, Udorz, Walewice, and Janow Podlaski, as well as being widely bred by individual citizens of southeast and central Poland.

Breed Characteristics

Malapolski horses generally stand from 15.3 to 16.2 hands high, and may be bay, brown (a variation on bay), black, chestnut, gray, or roan. Their head is well proportioned with a straight profile, the neck of good length, the withers prominent, the chest wide and deep and the shoulders sloping and long. The back is long and the croup slightly sloping. The legs are well-muscled and long, with good joints and tough hooves. The breed has much in common with the Wielkopolski, another Polish breed.


Malapolski horses are used for riding and light draft work. They are said to perform well in sporting competitions, especially show jumping.


Oklahoma State University. Referenced March 4, 2008.
"Malapolski," Equine Kingdom. Referenced March 4, 2008. Bongianni, Maurizio. Simon & Schuster's Guide to Horses and Ponies. Page 48. Simon & Schuster, Inc. 1987. ISBN 0671660675
"Gidran," Oklahoma State University. Referenced March 4, 2008.
"Furioso," Horses of the World. Horse Directory Australia. Referenced March 4, 2008.

For More Information:

Malapolski Horse Breed - International Encyclopedia of Horse Breeds

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