About Noriker Horses
|Photo Fausto Del Pin e Giorgia Ietri|
The Norico is a
heavy draft-horse, coming originally from the Alpine valleys between Austria and
horse was re-established by the Romans who undertook a breeding program in
their old province of Noricum. During the Renaissance the breed was improved
with the introduction of strains from Neopolitan and Andalusian horses.
Nowadays the Norico is to be found in some Alpine regions of Italy (Trentino
and Alto Adige), as well as those of Austria and Germany.
It is a mountain
breed and characteristically resistant to illness, strong, fertile and
A variety with a lighter build, known as the Pinzgauer, is raised in Bavaria.
The Norico is suitable
for pulling heavy loads and for agricultural work.
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