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It originated in thernprovince of Pisa (Tuscany), particularly in the area of Monterufoli. According tornsome writers it derived from a now extinct type known as the "Selvina Breed" whichrnlived in the wild. The area from where the Montrufoli comes is now largely coveredrnby the "Monterufoli-Caselli" Nature Reserve, a hilly region lying at between100rnand 560 meters above sea level.

rnrnThe story of the Monterufolirnbegan in 1913 when the estate was purchased by the Counts of Gherardesca. The realrnprocess of selection and improvement began with the work of this family, who selectedrnthe best specimens from the original population to breed with Maremma, Tolfeta andrnOriental stallions. The breed then established itself in the provinces of Pisa,rnLivorno and Grosseto and to a lesser degree throughout Tuscany. It was generallyrnused for riding, but above all in harness. It was principally employed by traders,rndoctors and farmers who valued its strength and capacity for pulling.

rnrnThe population nowadaysrnnumbers about 200, a notable increase with respect to the few dozen recorded atrnthe beginning of the 1980's.

rnrnSource: Agraria.orgrnrn

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