About Maremmano Horses
The Maremmano horse
originated in the Maremma region of Tuscany and Lazio at the time of the ancient
Etruscans. From then until the nineteenth century it kept its original characteristics:
squat, strong and skittish. Then, in about 1870, it began to be crossed with more
lightly-built and docile horses. In the year 1902, the stallion Fauno was born at
the Royal Stables at San Rossore, Versilia, in Tuscany. The result of a cross with
an English thoroughbred, he was the first of the so-called “new generation”. The
introduction of the English thoroughbred smoothed out some of the squat, rough characteristics
of the original Maremmano, while also increasing its height and its rugged temperament.
This is a strong,
good-tempered horse, indefatigable and able to stand up to adverse climatic conditions.
It can be used as a saddle-horse, but can also adapt itself to a variety of roles.
Because of its gentle character, it is a favourite amongst both adults and children
as a companion on treks or short rides.
Italiana Allevatori Cavallo di razza Maremmana” (Italian Association of Breeders
of Maremmano Horses) was the the first organization to to introduce a performance
test for evaluating and approving the breeding of mares and stallions.