In Mouries Farm, the efforts for the conservation of the Skyrian horse started in 1995, and have been intensified since 2011 with the creation of the non-profit organisation « Skyrian horse breeding and conservation centre » which owns the greatest number of horses worldwide.
The small-sized Skyrian horse is one of the few living primitive breeds of horse on the planet. The mechanisation of agriculture as well as the development of sheep and goat breeding on the island of Skyros competed with the Skyrian horse and brought the species on the verge of extinction. The efforts for the conservation of the breed which were led during the last decades have started to bear fruit. In 2006, the Ministry of Agriculture opened a five-year programme which aimed at supporting rare Greek animal breeds. However, the financial support was only granted during the first two years of the programme, after what the food subsidy stopped. No other programme has opened since then to support this rare breed. As horse breeding is becoming increasingly difficult, this has been a real blow for the owners who are facing great difficulties to go on with the reproduction process.
The annual cost of each horse has been estimated at 500 euros, covering only its food and basic medical care.Support our efforts now