The Albanian is a small horse belonging to the Balkan group There are two types of Albanian horse. The Mountain and the Plains (Myzeqea) the plains is the larger standing at 13.2 hands the mountain type stand about 12.2. In recent history, interbreeding between the two types has made the distinction less clear.
The Albanian is known for its freedom of movement, agility in hard terrain, and endurance. The plains is good for long distance, and is very strong for its size The Albanian are hardy horses often used as carrage as well as for riding and light draft
The Albanian is known for its freedom of movement, agility in difficult terrain, disease resistance, and endurance. In the past these horses were used more for transport and riding than for agricultural purposes. The Myzeqea ( Plains ) is very good for long distance use and is exceptionally strong for its size and many have an easily ridden ambling gait. The Albanian are hardy efficient horses. They are often used as carriage horses as well as for riding and light draft.
In the early 1990's, measures were taken to promote and increase the number of Albanian horses and to improve them for agricultural work. The improved breeds are concentrated in large breeding centers such as the Zootechnic Station at Shkodra and at specialized farms where stallions are produced for improving local horses. Since 1980 there has been a great increase in the number of horses in Albania.
The goals of Albanian breeders today are concentrated increase in number and improvement. Purebred Arab, Nonius, and Haflinger horses are crossed with the native Albanian and several improved types are emerging.