Tiger Horse Breed Standards
(aka, SOULON type).
 Both Royalty and Heavenly Divisions

This is the desirable conformation of the Tiger Horse Breed and ultimate SOULON profile.  Both Royalty ( gaited stock), and Heavenly (any non gaited offspring) should share this pheno-type (what they look like).  The heads of our first generation Tiger Horses vary but eventally they should all exhibit aristocratic convex shaped noses. It takes time to evolve but with focus on the right types to use, it can be accomplished with the first generation outcross.  The convex nose has a unique purpose. These horses descend from very cold regions of the world. A conves nose draws in cold hair and warms it before delivering it to the lungs.  The opposite is true of the concave nose (ie some Arabian lines), where they need to cool the air first. Eventually our breed will all inherit convex shaped heads and be known as Soulon Tiger Horses, but until we are fully developed, the straight profile and slightly concave one will continue to be in the mix. This type will not receive The Soulon Seal Of Approval but the regular Tiger Horse recognition and go on to produce Soulon eligible foals.

Desirable "phenotype" (what the Tiger Horse should looks like), becomes more and more established with each generation provided Breeders stay focused. We are not talking  "Draft Horse" head, but a more refined Iberian profile where the bulge starts below the eyes and continues between the nostrils in an attractive taper. Carvings and sculptures from ancient oriental burial sites confirm this profile. The Chinese named theirs; "The Soulon Horse." We have borrowed the name and the profile. Our horses are afterall distant cousins.

Tiger Horse eyes are large and kind, often angled and well placed. The stallions ears are pert and pointed forwards, (males usually have smaller ears). Mares ears tend to be longer.
Both Royalty and Heavenly have a good angle to their hips which should be deep and proportionate to the rest of their body, ie, 1/3 X 1/3 X 1/3 equally.  Royalty horses which are the easily recognized gaited group, usually exhibit a lower tail set than Heavenly types. Often a less steep angle to the shoulder and their necks tend to come out of their throats at a lower point than the upright non-gaited types.  Both types have either full manes and tails, or sparse manes and tails (a sign of antiquity).  Chests are strong and protrude ahead of forearms and are substantial even soon after birth. Both types are naturally arched. Most laterally gaited horses are not unduly broad across the chest or shoulders, while diagonal gaiters and Heavenly Horses may be. Both types can be born to horses of either division.

Colors: Tiger Horses come in both base coat colors, ie, red or black and all the variations thereof. Most display various Lp gene spotted coat patterns (leopard complex gene aka Appaloosa coat patterns).   Gaits: Royalty Horses will be universally known for their "running walk," which is the smoothest middle gait because it is an evenly timed 4-beat gait. Each foot works independantly of the other three. Nice and "square." However, the diagonal (fox trot) and lateral (stepping pace) gaits are aincluded.
Sports: Heavenly Horses can excel in the sports arena. Some exhibit a gait we call the  "Glider Gait" (known in some circles as "The Indian Shuffle"). This gait is often mistaken as a 2 -beat trot, specifically the Quarter Horse jog-trot, but is faster and easy to sit. When performing this gait, the horse appears strung out, rather than "collected," and won't perform it on a slick surface, preferring to resort to the hard trot. (Visit Tiger Horse "gaits" for an in depth explanation).

Size: The average height for both types is 15 Hands. Some are likely to be 16 Hands or more, especially first generation horses provided a heavy boned stallion is used. Tigre is focused on the easy riding and handling height of 15 Hands a height that will eventually dominate the breed. 

Gaited horses are more upright in the pastern and consequently straighter in the shoulder. Heavenly types are often more angled in these areas. Both types should display a good set of withers and a somewhat Thoroughbred looking length of back.

A group of 1st and 2nd generation Tiger Horse youngsters exhibiting the beautiful Iberian profile we prefer. The eyes are well placed with an oriental slant. The whites of the eye also shows but this could be associated with the presence of the white Sabino gene responsible for odd shaped socks and stockings. Mares ears are pert and  point forwards. Males have a slightly inward point. Tiger Horses are exotic in the extreme, and very different from any other modern day horse breed. While all base coat colors are acceptable, most Tiger Horses are spotted. Royalty and original entry horses must perform a strong middle gait without artificial aid. Original entries must also exhibit the presence of the Lp gene.  Solid colored horses are sometimes born to registered Tigers, and may or may not develop spots later in life. They are important and welcome members of the Tiger Horse breed. The acceptance of the solid colors helps to keep good facial pigmentation within our breed.  Some of these Tiger Horses qualify for The Soulon Seal Of Approval. If you have one, please let us know.

* Modern day Tiger Horses are related to an extinct breed from Siberia. 
* Tiger Horses were once used to hunt the Siberian Tiger, and are brave.
* Tiger Horse are athletic and comfortable to ride.
* Tiger Horses exhibit various Appaloosa coat patterns.
* Solid colored individuala are also in the mix.
* Modern day Soulon Tiger Horses resemble the T'Ang Dynasty Soulons.
* We encourge middle gait in our breed.  
* The Soulon Seal Of Approval, is awarded to our Soulon type horses.

(above left and above right) Leopard spotted horses are born with their spots and never change.
(near left) Roans are often born solid colored, many eventually get spots but spotted roans can take up to 10 years and more to fully evolve.


Tigre does not accept the 2-beat Hard Pace, under any circumstance, and only flat shod horses may compete in the show ring. No artificial means may be employed to alter or interfere with the horses natural way of going. Hard pacing horses are different from horses that gait laterally. This type sometimes breaks to the Hard Pace but should not be encourage whose lateral gait is extreme and break to the pace on occasions, are known as "Pacey" and are acceptable. Never breed a pacey horse to a pacey horse. Rather the opposite or square. 

Tigre does not accept the 2-beat Hard Trot, under any circumstance, and only flat shod horses may compete in the show ring Although diagonal gaiters will sometimes break to the hard trot, they should not be encouraged to do so. These types are referred to as "trotty," and are acceptable, but to avoid disappointment in future foals, breeding partners should be carefully selected from more square, or slightly laterally gaited individuals. Gait from two gaited parents, can be improved in the offspring.

Hoof Markings: Hooves may be striped, or solid in color, including amber. Amber or striped hooves only count as Lp evidence provided there are no solid white leg markings touching the hoof.   Solid white socks and stockings are acceptable and belong to the Sabino gene. They are not indicators of the Lp gene. The  Splash gene which usually colors all four lower legs evenly, is one we prefer to eliminate from our breed because it does not mix well with the leopard complex gene.

Suitability: Royalty horses are athletic and naturally gaited. They are well suited for show ring or trail riding activities.  Heavenly Horses are sporty and more heavily muscled, and well suited for 3-gaited events. Both types love human company and are extremely sensible and quick to learn.

(left) A young Royalty Tiger Horse carefully carrying a very young rider. Wouldn't you like to own or ride a Tiger Horse?
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