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Menorquin Horses, or Cavall Menorqui, are indigenous to thernisland of Menorca in the Balearic Islands, from which they get their name. Theyrnare closely associated with the doma menorquina style of riding.rnrn 

rnrnMenorca was under Moorish domination from 903 - 1287.rnAccording some sources, research has shown links between the Menorquín and Arabrnbreeds, while others have shown it to be of Berber origin, and yet othersrnbelieve that it was brought to Menorca from central Europe by King James I ofrnAragon. According to the Government of the Balearic Islands, it belongs to therneastern group of indigenous Iberian horses which also included the now extinctrnCatalan horse.rnrn 

Menorquin horses were officially recognised as an indigenousrnbreed in 1989, and are listed in the Catalogo Oficial de Razas de Ganado dernEspana in the group of autochthonous breeds in danger of extinction. The FAOrnlists them as Endangered. In April 2011 the total population was reported to bern2995, of which fewer than 200 were outside the Balearic Islands. A breeders'rnassociation, the Associacio de Criadors i Propietaris de Cavalls de RacarnMenorquina, was formed in August 1988.rnrn 

Menorquin horses are black. They are harmoniously made,rntranquil and obedient, noble and elegant. Their average height is 1.60 m (15.3rnhands), and their minimum permissible height 1.54 m (15.1 hands) for males andrn1.51 m (14.3 hands) for females. Their profile is slightly convex, their bodyrnand limbs are long, and their eyes are round and lively. They are strong andrnenergetic, slender, powerful and muscular, and suited to any type of saddle orrndriving use. Their most valued quality is their suitability for the traditionalrnfestivals of Menorca, where they are irreplaceable, and for the elevade and botrnmovements of the Doma menorquina.

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