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Yili is a small horse from the north-western Xinjiang regionrnof China. They originated around 1900 from Russian breeds crossed withrnMongolian stock. Don, and Don-Thoroughbred crosses as well as Orlov Trottersrnwere used from 1936 on to improve the native horses. In 1963 the decision wasrnmade to aim for a draft-type horse.

Yili horses are compact and harmonious in conformation withrna light head and straight profile. Their withers are well pronounced and theirrnback is short and strong, though their loin is long. Yili horses are normallyrnbay, chestnut, black or gray.  Their legsrnare clean with well-defined tendons; their front legs are correctly set andrnwell-muscled while their hind legs tend to be sickled and some toe out. Theirrnbody coat is light and fine, often showing a metallic sheen. They are an averagernheight of 14 hands high.rnrn 

rnrnThey have great endurance and can travel long distances at arngood rate of speed.

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