These Arctic Horses Don’t Mind the Cold
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These Arctic Horses Don’t Mind the Cold

September 5, 2019


“Keli, keli, kelian!” The humans who live here use technology to
survive – warm clothing, shelter. But not horses. They had to evolve. Their bodies had to change. In this intense cold, Yakutian horses have
gotten smaller. Their legs shorter. The shape nature chose here isn’t elegant,
but it works. During the long winter, they reduce their
metabolism, yet they stay on their feet. This unique behavior is called standing hibernation,
and no other horses do it. It’s a textbook example of natural selection. Without it, Yakuts may never have survived
in this environment. It’s amazing. An Arctic horse that made and Arctic people. But really, shaping a special breed for a
special place isn’t uncommon at all. Every horse culture creates its own horses.

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  1. The horse is similar to the pole bear / grizzly bear and the wild dog. This is an act of sustainability to live. They became short and furry to sustain the cold The Arctic winter.

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