About Bardigiano Horses
|Photo dr. Valentino Beretti - University of Parma|
Bardigiano horses, also known as Bardigiano Ponies, are from
The first horses that populated Bardi were brought during
the Roman Era. During the centuries, the breed developed as a mountain horse;
in the 15th century, there were attempts to make it more gentle by
cross-breeding it with Arabian-Friulian horses, thus obtaining a horse very
similar to the one of today.
They almost became extinct after the First World War. In 1977,
a "Regulation for the selection and for the Genealogic Book of the
Bardigiano horse" was approved. This sets the breed standard and had the
aim of making it homogenous.
Bardigiano horses were used in the past for agricultural
work in impervious areas and even meat production, but nowadays they are appreciated
for equestrian Tourism.
Content and photo source: Agraria.org.