About Catria Horses
Catria Horses are from
Monte Catria, Italy, and neighbouring areas (Central Appennines), spread over
the provinces of Pesaro, Ancona and Perugia.
with the people of Maremma in Tuscany, chiefly with those involved in
charcoal-burning, explain the introduction and the influence of the local
equine population of Maremagno. In the post-war years the herds of horses
diminished considerable, but the original population, derived from the
Maremmano breed, held on in mountain areas which were only good for pasture
land from wild horses.
After a period of many
crosses with various bloodlines, in 1974 the Special Co-operative Agency of
Catria took over the management of the local studs, controlling in particular
crosses with the Franches Montagnes, and since 1980 have registered foals so as
to safeguard and improve the original stock.
Catra horses are used
in mountain agriculture, as a saddle horse for sport, and for the production of
meat. They are sober, robust, rustic, and ideal to make use of pastures in
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