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By: Catie Leary on July 5, 2016, 7:02 a.m.
Feral Konik horses

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Konik horses

This semi-feral horse breed originates in Poland, where they have a long history as hardy work horses.

Today, many of these majestic ponies can be found in nature reserves, where they are monitored and bred in controlled conditions.

Due to their primitive markings (a dun colored coat and the presence of dorsal stripes), it was once thought that Konik horses were the most recent descendant of the now-extinct European wild horse. However, DNA testing has proved that the breed shares the same mitochondrial DNA as many other modern domesticated horses.