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Rahvan Grey Coat (left view)
Grey Coat (left view)
Rahvan Chestnut Coat (normal view)
Chestnut Coat (normal view)

Rahvan Wild Bay Coat (front view)
Wild Bay Coat (front view)
Rahvan Flaxen Bright Chestnut Coat (right view)
Flaxen Bright Chestnut Coat (right view)

The Rahvan (also known as 'West Black Sea Rahvan Horse' and 'Bati Karadeniz Rahvan Ati') is a Turkish breed that is named after, and is known for, its incredibly fast ambling gait called 'rahvan.'

The ancestors of the Rahvan are Anadolu and Canik horses that were crossed with each other during the 12th or 13th century. The result of these crossings was the Rahvan horse: a light breed that has an ambling gait, called 'rahvan,' which is similar to the running-walk.

For many years, Rahvans were raced in running-walk races, and were bred for their speed and endurance.

The Rahvan today:
Today, the Rahvan is still bred in Turkey, where it is known for its exceptional fast ambling gait, and serves as a racehorse. The speed of most Rahvan horses is around 33-36km/h, but the highest speed recorded for this breed is 43.1hkm/h.

While Rahvan horses are shorter than 14.2hh, they are regarded as horses, not ponies, because of their body proportions. Their conformation is characterized by a short and thick neck, a short back, a sloping croup, light hindquarters, and an overall light and athletic build.

The mane and tail are thin, with the mane being short or medium in length but the tail can grow long.

Performance metrics:
The following are the: range, average, (SD), and MOE of performance metrics of ordered Rahvans in Horse Isle (not bred ones). In rare cases, horses might have metrics outside of the range. Breeders can produce horses that are beyond this range.

Speed: 14.8-15.9, 15.4 (0.2), 0.05.
Sprint: 34-44, 40 (2), 0.43.

Accel: 0.80-0.96, 0.87 (0.03), 0.01.
Decel: 0.72-0.86, 0.79 (0.03), 0.01.

Jump: 4.78-5.04, 4.92 (0.05), 0.01.
Pull: 1.34-1.82, 1.61 (0.1), 0.02.

Turning: 41.45-55.31, 48.17 (2.89), 0.57.
Reverse: 2.1-2.7, 2.5 (0.1), 0.02.

Stamina: 45.51-49.49, 47.31 (0.92), 0.18.
Reaction: 0.76-0.86, 0.82 (0.02), 0.00.

Coats & Height:
Colors: usually grey but also bay, brown, black, and chestnut.

Additionals: flaxen, sooty, dark mane & tail.

Height: 13.1hh to 13.3hh.
Rahvan Ebony Black Coat
Ebony Black Coat
Rahvan Black Coat
Black Coat
Rahvan Ebony Seal Brown Coat
Ebony Seal Brown Coat
Rahvan Sepia Brown Coat
Sepia Brown Coat
Rahvan Chocolate Brown Coat
Chocolate Brown Coat
Rahvan Wild Bay Coat
Wild Bay Coat
Rahvan Red Chestnut Coat
Red Chestnut Coat
Rahvan Flaxen Red Chestnut Coat
Flaxen Red Chestnut Coat
Rahvan Chestnut Coat
Chestnut Coat
Rahvan Flaxen Bright Chestnut Coat
Flaxen Bright Chestnut Coat
Rahvan Dark Grey Coat
Dark Grey Coat
Rahvan Grey Coat
Grey Coat

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