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Galician Ponies are from Galicia, in the northwest of Spain. The region has a very wet climate and numerous low mountains.

They are a mix of Celtic horses, Roman horses, and horses brought to Spain by the Suevos. More recently they have been crossbred with other breeds. Despite their ethnic heterogeneity (three types of Galician ponies can be found in different parts of Galicia) the main characteristics are their straight profile, linear proportions, height of between 1.20 and 1.30 meters, and a chestnut coat. An interesting characteristic of one of the three types is the long mustache which appears on the upper lips of the older mares.

They are large for a pony, but smaller than a horse. They are rugged and hardy. They are short-bodied and strong-legged.  

According to the 1973 study by Pedro Iglesias there were more than 20,000 Galician ponies free in the mountains in the northwestern region of Spain. However, it is thought that this number has decreased because of sanitary problems and low economic returns.  

In the past, they were raised for their mane and tail hair that was used to make different kinds of brushes. Today synthetic fibers have replaced this natural material and now they are maimly raised for meat production and riding.  

Also they have a tourist value. One of the most traditional and popular festivals in Galicia is the "curros". The "curro" is a closed area where the horses are exhibited during the fair. This festival consists in getting the semi-wild horses from the Galician mountains once a year, usually in summer, to brand, cut their manes and tails and sell them in the "curro." In this fair everyone participates in bringing the horses to the curro. Afterwards people buy some of the horses and the rest are set free again. This festival attracts a lot of tourists and generates financial resources for the region.

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