Costa Rican Saddle Horses
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Since 1850 breeders of the Costa Rican horse have paid more attention to the selection of breeding stock. Because the horse population was small and inbreeding became a concern, a few stallions were imported from Spain and Peru. The result is the Costa Rican saddle horse.

The breed was founded by Janitzio, foaled in 1955, a loudly marked sabino stallion. In 1972 a breed club (ASCACOPA) was established, and in 1974 the breed registry was initiated.

The minimum height for males is 14.2 1/2 hands (148 centimetres (58 in)) and 14.1 1/2 hands (146 centimetres (57 in)) for females. Their head profile is straight or slightly convex. Their neck is arched, ample at the base and tapered toward the head. Their chest is deep and well muscled, the barrel well developed. Their back is short, with the underline being longer. Their croup is long, well muscled and slightly rounded. The hair on their mane and tail is fine, and their skin should be fine with short hairs. Their gait and movements are performed with action and energy, their knees and hocks show high flexing during the rhythmic and harmonious trot.

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