Karakol Livestock Market

Every week there is a huge livestock market in Karakol, Kyrgyzstan. Local farmers bring sheep, goats and cows but mostly horses to the market to sell. Horses are sold for their meat or milk (fermented mare's milk is a very popular drink) and for Kok Boro (the national polo game).

Horses being tried out in close quarters to see if they are suitable mounts for Kok Boro.

Horses being tried out in close quarters to see if they are suitable mounts for Kok Boro.

Kids selling harnesses - In Kyrgyzstan it's considered extremely bad luck to sell a horse with its harness.

Kids selling harnesses - In Kyrgyzstan it's considered extremely bad luck to sell a horse with its harness.

A horse being shod - Horse shoes are made from beaten steel reinforcement bars.

A horse being shod - Horse shoes are made from beaten steel reinforcement bars.

'Russian style ' saddles, supposedly more comfortable than they look.

'Russian style ' saddles, supposedly more comfortable than they look.

Burana Tower

Standing isolated in the plains outside the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek is Burana Tower. It is all that remains of a 9th century Karakhanid city. Pre-islamic grave markers are scattered in the surrounding fields and earthworks.

Windows and gates

Some random windows and gates from Kyrgyzstan.