The Skyrian horse: Sociable, intelligent, friendly
The Skyrian horse is an ancient Greek breed which survived only in Skyros! Νowadays, it numbers around 190 members on the island and 300 worldwide. It is a small-sized breed unique in the world, and scientifically known as Equus caballus Skyriano.
Due to its height, the Skyrian horse is often classified as a pony (ponies usually reach heights of 1.55m). However, the anatomy of its body resembles that of horses, which means the Skyrian horse is one-of-a-kind.
Skyrian horses are normally around 1.10m in height and feature long and thick manes, a unique body type and a calm nature which makes them very friendly to people. This means the Skyrian horse is perfect for children's activities and hippotherapy sessions.
They constitute an important part of the island’s tradition: their participation in social and economic life in Skyros used to be crucial since horses were part of agriculture for decades.