Welcome To Tigre
The Soulon Tiger Horse Breed Registry
We are Tigre, a modern-day Tiger Horse Breed and Registry. We are working hard to bring back many of the earliest characteristics of the magnificent legendary spotted breed of horses that grazed at the foot of the Heavenly Mountains. Horses that caused wars over possession, and the eventual extermination of all of them. They were coveted by many nations. Some went to China and evolved further. Others back to Europe.
This is Annandale’s Gait Keeper born from two registered Tiger Horses. His gait appears to be diagonal and will sort itself out upon maturity. Worthy to be registered.
WHAT IS A TIGER HORSE?
A Wonderful Spotted Breed of Horse
The Tiger Horses that are considered a beautiful spotted breed of a horse of today are no longer used to hunt Siberian tigers but descend from those legendary equines that were once used in that way. Many related spotted horses descend from the same region, but none in a direct or unbroken line. Our spotted horse breed is no exception. In fact, we are not certain where the Siberia/China border horses came from themselves, but they must have been a pure strain when they first arrived with migrating humans. Cave paintings of spotted horses and other animals in La Scalle, France have been carbon-dated around 25 thousand years old. The caves themselves are millions of years old. Back then spotted breeds of horses would have numbered in the thousands. Sad to say none of the originally spotted horse breeds are alive today in France, and none of their descendants on the Siberia/China border either, unless we include the pony-sized Altai that are farmed for table food at the foot of the Altai mountains, and even they are in the process of change. Draft horse Percherons are being used for cross-breeding and to infuse the disease-resistant qualities of the little Altais into the mix. The Altais may be the last true remnants of an ancient breed.
We are Tigre, a modern-day Tiger Horse Breed, and Registry. We are working hard to bring back many breeds of spotted horses of the earliest characteristics of the magnificent legendary spotted horses that grazed at the foot of the Heavenly Mountains. Horses that caused wars over possession, and the eventual extermination of all of them. They were coveted by many nations. Some went to China and evolved further. Others back to Europe.
Despite their age-old reputation for stamina and bravery, like ours, we bet they were also extremely sweet natured and sociable. Perhaps that was another reason that everyone wanted them? Ours are athletic, exhibit controlled spirit, and are a great people loving family horse. They excel in distance riding or saddle seat show ring events, and are magnificent to look at.
WHAT WE ARE DOING TO BRING BACK THE TIGER HORSE BREED:
It takes commitment and passion to support any important venture. Bringing back the Tiger Horse involved the rescue of rapidly vanishing genes and bringing them back together in a new breed of horse. We are building a gene pool that gives us the ability to create an exotic, gaited, horse breed that will breed true time after time. When Tigre’s founding members Victoria and Mark Varley began this venture, a great deal of research went in to selecting the right type of horses from a variety of breeds, that would give them the end product quickly. “One lifetime is not long enough to breed excellent horses, let alone start a new breed of horse” says Victoria, who manages the breeding operation and Tigre Registry at the Varley’s farm Annandale’s Tiger Horses. Varley sorted through a myriad of unwanted genetics during early selections, from modern day horses descended from wild horses, especially Appaloosas, the caretakers of the leopard complex gene. Unfortunately they include a wide range of types, not all of which are suitable for re-introducing The Tiger Horse. Gaited breeds were needed for their middle gaits and these included individuals from the Tennessee Walker and Missouri Fox Trotter group for the most part. Nature is not as selective as a human might be but she did combine similar genetics to the ancient Chinese Soulon for us so we could get started immediately. Annandale’s Love Story below is one such treasure and qualifies for The Soulon Seal Of Approval. With the birth of several individuals like Love Story Tigre sprang into action to promote and protect the new breed, and only 5 years after the first youngsters were born, Victoria created Tigre, to promote and protect the work now 20 years in the making (2012)
TIGRE, THE TIGER HORSE BREED REGISTRY AND TIGER HORSE ASSOCIATION FOR MEMBERS:
The Horse Breed Registry continues to be owned and operated by Victoria and Mark Varley and operates out of their farm in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA for the specific breed registry for horses. Here strict records are kept of every registered horse breed in our horse registries and certificates on parchment paper are mailed to members after DNA mapping has been done. Non breeding stock like geldings and neutered/speyed mares are not required to show DNA information but a veterinarian certificate is necessary to confirm status.
Not to be confused with any other gaited spotted groups, we are not a place to register any gaited spotted horse, but an organization with standards for the breed. We focus on a certain pheno-type (what they look like) and we will not be recognized as any other breed but with spots. We have our own identity and are working to develop a breed that closely resembles and even rivals the ancient Chinese Soulon, a horse developed during the T’Ang Dynasty when China was at peace and enjoying extreme wealth. While we encourage anyone with a spotted gaited horse to apply for registration, not every horse will be accepted. All “original entries” (those not born from registered parents), must be gaited and exhibit Appaloosa spots, or characteristics, ie, striped hooves, mottled muzzles and genitalia (sometimes spots arrive years later). Size and type are also important, along with conformation and a people loving disposition