About Murgese Horses
|Photo Giorgio Soldi www.cavallodellemurge.it|
originates from, and is spread throughout Puglia: in particular, the Murge
region. It can trace its origins to the time of Spanish domination, when Arab,
Berber and Andalusian stallions were brought in. But the real development of
the Murgese horse was thanks to the Counts of Conversano. They were a family of
farsighted nobles who were very adept in choosing horses for importation and
careful in selecting those which fitted the needs of the time and the character
of the area. The breed was first officially registered in 1926 at the “Deposito
Stalloni” (Stallion Registry), which later became the “Istituto di Incremento
Ippico di Foggia” (Foggia Institute of Horse Breeding).
The Murgese is a
country breed, often reared in grazing herds. Because of its strength and its
lively but gentle character, it makes a good saddle-horse. Nowadays, it is most
often used for vacational riding and to draw light carriages.
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