About Giara Horses
Giara, also known as the
“Cavallino della Giara” (The little horse of Giara), were originally from the highland
region of the same name, in Sardinia. Little is known about their origins. Probably
they was brought into Sardinia by the Greeks in the 5th or 4th century B.C., at the
time of the nuraghe. they are accustomed to grazing free in its difficult native terrain.
To save them from extinction a breeding and re-populating center was set up
in 1971, at Foresta Burgos in Sardinia. This was established by the “Istituto di
Incremento Ippico di Orzieri” (the Orzieri Institute for Horse Breeding) and used
horses selected from the grazing herds.
They are tough,
strong and agile. They can be used for herding sheep or, if well-trained they make
an excellent mount for young riders.