Originating in Brazil in the state of Minas Gerais, the Mangalara
breed has a fast gait and a smooth ride. The breed's society
was formed in 1934 and varieties include teh Mineiro or Marchador,
and the Paulisto. The Paulisto is a more modern version of
the Mangalarga, and is lighter in weight, and has longer legs.
The Mangalarga breed has a unique walk that involves three
of the hooves touching the ground at the same time! Another
common characteristic known to the breed is their attentive
attitudes and alertness. Extremely intelligent, the Mangalarga
is an easy horse to train and is offers submission to commands.
Although the Mangalarga horse is light weight, it is strong
and has a well muscled body. The head is somewhat triangular,
and they have well formed tendonds. The breed is sturdy and
adaptable to any climate or terain. They travel great distances
without fatigue and they are not demanding feeders.
The Marwari can travel for extremely long distances, is extremely
brave and loyal in battle fields. Marwari Horses are spoken
highly of in bardic literature. Marwari have been used for
polo ponies and pig sticking.
The origin of the Marwari is hard to trace, but it is believed
that they have conections with Arabians, and the turkmenian
breed. They are able to survive in difficult terrain and intense
temperatures. They have refined heads with a medium muzzle
and a long face. They also have long, musclar shoulders that
slopes right into the withers that stand at medium height.
There is a wide variety of colors found in Marwari horses,
but the most prevalent tend to be dark brown, chestnut, bay,
gray, pie bald and skewbald.
Named after a village close to Andorra, Merens Ponies are
gentle, economical and hardy horses. Their history is rich,
and includes being faithful companions to the mountain farmers,
"Montagnol", and to soldiers in the Middle Ages as well as
during the Russian campaign with Napoleon.
Currently, Merens ponies are used for farming, helping to
plow and haul fields. They have sure footing that enables
them to work well on steep hillsides. They are at ease in
a harness and with riders, and have a gentle disposition that
makes the Merens Ponies great children's horses. The ponies
are willing to work, but are quite strong in character so
the trainers and owners must be firm with them.
The ponies are typically raised outside all year round, and
foals are born during the spring snows without difficulty.
As the weather turns warm, in June, herds are led to summer
pastures to enjoy freedom for months at a time in the mountains.
It is said that this time in the mountains with other Merens
ponies is what gives the breed their outstanding mental balance.
Merens Ponies are all very similar in appearance, black in
color, and only a few have white markings. They are strong
enough to carry an adult rider and gentle enough to work with
children. They are often exported to Germany, Italy, Tunisia
and the Netherlands. Sometimes, the breed is bred in other
regions throughout France, but authentic Merens Ponies are
those that have run free in the Pyrenees. The breed is quite
Off the coast of Greece, in the beautiful island of Crete
is a breed of horse known as the Messara. They are used for
light riding, as a draft horse, and are almost extinct.
The American Miniature horses are given that classification
when they are a maximum of 34 inches in height when they reach
maturity. The tiny horses are actually replicas of larger
breeds, and bear striking resemblence to Quarter Horses, Thoroughbreds,
Draft Horses or Arabs. The small horses are not mutations
or genetic problems; instead they were created by "breeding
down", and continuously working to create smaller horses through
the breeding process.
Miniature horses are wonderful companions, highly intelligent
and curious animals. They are the perfect solution to people
who want to own horses but don't have the space or time to
handle 1,000 pound horses. Even people who have never had
a full sized horse can experience horse ownership with Miniature's.
The horses are often put into therapeutic programs to assist
disabled children and adults, and the elderly.
You care for a Miniature horse in the same manner that you
care for larger horses, only they require much less feed,
lower deworming doses and medication. Grain is actually measured
by the cup, in a similar way that you would measure out a
dog's food for the day. Miniature horses prefer to be outdoors,
and you can have several on less than an acre of land. They
need only a small indoor area, with a stall of about 6 feet
by 8 feet. Because of their size, transporting the Miniature
horses is also very easy. You can use custom-made trailers,
a station wagon, van or pickup truck with an enclosed bed!
Some Miniature horse owners have even been placed in the cargo
bay of an Airplane as additional baggage.
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