Breed name: Ogromny (plural Ogromnies)
History & Lore: First discovered in Poland during the 1500's they were first thought to be a mad man's visions and quickly became shoved into legend and cautionary stories to tell your children. Whenever anyone claimed to have seen one they were laughed at and dismissed as mad, however insistent they were of what they'd seen.
However much people saw no reason to believe in this creature, closer to the 1800's an expedition was launched to search the remove forests of Poland. They did find a small herd of Ogromny and quickly caught the smallest they could find, foals that they separated from their dams. Bringing them back home they quickly put the foals into circuses and freak shows where they attracted large crowds, eager to see this mythical being.
In 1920 the authorities shut down any operations involving Ogromny and declared them state property, protected no matter if they were tame or wild. As a result of the Nazi's invading Poland, 1940 saw an official registry being created to monitor and further the breeding of Ogromny as a potential weapon due to their size. This breeding program also saw the creatures being sent to Germany and it's allies, forests being stripped of any Ogromnies for shipment. After the war any Ogromny that'd been sent from Poland was kept by the countries that'd received them, any private persons or companies now allowed to buy and sell Ogromnies.
In present time the population has decreased drastically due to lack of maintenance and loss of natural habitats for any remaining wild beings.
Physical Description: The Ogromny's most obvious feature is their size. Exclusive to the stallions are a heavily crested neck with thick lower legs, the mares sport thinner necks and legs. During their early years in captivity they showed a remarkable ability to, despite their massive size and weight, be quick movers and could navigate forest floors easily.
Both stallions and mares have long heads with prominent roman noses, small nostrils and ears. Their eyes are far apart, set high and deep.
Their manes and tails are always curly, often several shades lighter than the body even in suspected bays. They're also always kept long as per tradition.
There is no genetics research done on Ogromnies to determine their genetic similarities or differences with standard horses though they seem to follow the same genotypes and so their coats are named accordingly. A difference worth noting is that instead of the names cremello/perlino/smoky cream, they're all simply referred to as double cream.
What little research has been done has shown that champagne, frame overo and rabicano aren't present as they're understood in standard horses. However dun and roan are very common as well as splash white, as it was popular in the Ogromnies used in circuses. No greys have been recorded. Pangare isn't unusual and is quite obvious when present.
Photos: To be added soon!