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Le konik (ou konik polski) est un petit cheval tr鑣 rustique d'origine polonaise, rappelant un poney, demi-sauvage. Le mot "konik" est un diminutif de "cheval" ("kon") pour la langue polonaise. Certains koniks ont conserv des caract鑢es sauvages de leurs anc阾res pr閔istoriques, dont la robe et une ligne fonc閑 parcourant leur dos.

En 1936, le professeur Tadeusz Vetulani de l'Universit de Poznan University a commenc chercher reconstituer la race 閠einte des chevaux tarpans partir des Koniks ayant conserv閟 des caract鑢es jug閟 primitifs. Ces chevaux sont utilis閟 pour la gestion 閏ologique de nombreuses parcs et r閟erves naturelles, en raison de leur rusticit.

The Konik (Polish: konik polski) or Polish primitive horse is a small horse, a kind of semi-wild pony, originating in Poland. The Polish word konik (plural koniki) is the diminutive of koń, the Polish word for "horse" (sometimes confused with kuc, kucyk meaning "pony"). However, the name "konik" or "Polish konik" is used to refer to certain specific breeds. Koniks show many primitive features, for example some breeds have the dun coat and dorsal stripe.

In 1936, Professor Tadeusz Vetulani of Poznań University began attempts to breed the extinct tarpan back to its original state (see also Heck horse). To achieve this he used horses from the Biłgoraj area descended from wild tarpans captured in 1780 in Białowieża Forest and kept until 1808 in Zamoyski zoo. These had later been given to local peasants and crossbred with domestic horses. The Polish government commandeered all the koniks that 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, and can also be seen in the last refugium in Białowieża Forest. (Wikipedia)

Model: NIKON D300
Date taken: samedi 31 janvier 2009 9:30:06
Exposure time [s]: 1/200
Exposure program: Normal
Exposure mode: Auto
Exposure bias [EV]: 0,0
F-Number: F7,1
Focal length [mm]: 210
ISO value: 200
Flash: Not fired
Metering mode: Multi-segment
White balance: Auto

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