About Napoletano Horses
The area of Felix
Campania (“Happy Plain”), extending from Volturno to Sarno, covers what is
nowadays part of the provincial territory of Naples and Caserta. Because of its
unique climate and geography, it has long been an ideal location for raising
horses. Indeed, the Etruscans chose this place as their centre for
horse-breeding, established near the Greek settlements on the Flegrean coast.
Later, it was here, in the Capuan area, that the Romans bred their very best
specimens for the Imperial court. The advent of the sea-going Republic of
Amalfi saw the importation of Turkish horses, which, together with the Campania
horses, formed the basis for the development of the Napoletano horse,which was
prized first as a native horse and then as a thoroughbred. It is raised exclusively
in the Campania region, particularly in the province of Naples.
In December 2005
the number of examples registered at the “Registro Anagrafico” (Records Office)
was 20 brood-mares and 4 stallions.
physique makes the horse suitable for riding or drawing medium-weight
carriages, and it is ideal for dressage and other disciplines.
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