A Ferghana horse shown at Beijing's China Century Forum in 2007. (File Photo/Xinhua)
China's Reignwood Group has raised eight valuable Ferghana horses, each worth 5 million yuan (US$780,000) or more.
During China's Han Dynasty (206 BCE–220 CE), Emperor Wu of Han launched a bloody war to vie with Ferghana, an area in central Asia that encompasses modern Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. The goal was in part to obtain valuable Ferghana horses, which were widely hailed as a powerful military asset.
The Ferghanas are also known in China as "blood-sweating horses." Tradition has it that the horses sweat blood, a hazy belief that is likely attributed to burst blood vessels or parasites. They are one of the oldest horse species on earth, having been domesticated for more than 3,000 years.
There are precious few Ferghanas in the world today — the population stands at just 3,100 worldwide, with 2,000 in Turkmenistan.
Reignwood Group, the Chinese manufacturer of Red Bull, has raised eight Ferghana horses, according to Pine Manor Club manager Ms Jia.
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