About Monterufolino Horses
|Photo Roberto Tocci|
It originated in
the province of Pisa (Tuscany), particularly in the area of Monterufoli.
According to some writers it derived from a now extinct type known as the
“Selvina Breed” which lived in the wild. The area from where the Montrufoli
comes is now largely covered by the “Monterufoli-Caselli” Nature Reserve, a
hilly region lying at between100 and 560 metres above sea level.
The story of the
Monterufoli began in 1913 when the estate was purchased by the Counts of
Gherardesca. The real process of selection and improvement began with the work
of this family, who selected the best specimens from the original population to
breed with Maremma, Tolfeta and Oriental stallions. The breed then established
itself in the provinces of Pisa, Livorno and Grosseto and to a lesser degree
throughout Tuscany. It was generally used for riding, but above all in harness.
It was principally employed by traders, doctors and farmers who valued its
strength and capacity for pulling.
nowadays numbers about 200, a notable increase with respect to the few dozen
recorded at the beginning of the 1980's.
Content and photo source: Agraria.org