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Although Axios Delta has been declared a National Park, there are many farms with bovine and other farm animals that keep making new fences. Some farmers captivate foals and mares. We donīt think they kill horses but the big number of bovine and the big tractors and trucks entering the area destroy the environment. There are also old fences and tones of garbage (see Amaltheia report 2008). Anthrax disease is probably one major problem. Carcases of bovine and horses remain unburied for ever. Farmers also reported wolf attacks.
Country Greece, GR
Location Axios and Aliakmon rivers near Thessaloniki
Species Horse
Management feral
Population size 2009: total 67, 2011 40 Males: 23 Females: 16 (+ 1 foal)
Morphology Colour: Grey, black, bay, roan Weight (cm) 140 -145
History Conformation was transitional Pindos-Thessalian and effectively distinct to Pindos and Thessalian proper. In recent years, type of Axios horses has become more uniform and more divergent from other populations possibly due to isolation, over the last four decades. There was also some English Thoroughbred influence. It is believed they descend from abandoned horses in the post war period.
Need for Action Fencing of the entrance to the area (near the National road) hopefully will be financed by the local authorities as we proposed. That would keep horses away from the national road and private farms. Burying of all dead animals in order to avoid contamination. Illegal activities in the National Park should be punished. Old fences and new illegal ones should be destroyed.The population of the horses should be monitored more often. The area is very flat and the bushes make it difficult to find small groups of horses.
Source of information

Axios Horses in the Axios Delta

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M. Konstantinidou


Axios Horse

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M. Konstantinidou
Axios Horses, Axios Delta

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M. Konstantinidou