About Salerno Horses
The Salerno, or
Salernitano, horse is a saddle-horse, originally from the plains of
Battipaglia, Eboli and Paestum, in the province of Salerno (Campania). It is a
very ancient breed, which was improved during the period of Spanish domination
by crossing it with Andalusian and Oriental horses. It has also been used to
improve Russian breeding stock. The Salernitano horse was once used by the
army. In the second half of the nineteenth century it was crossed with
pure-bred English horses, which changed its original appearance. It was chosen
to help produce special Italian cross-breeds, such as Posillipo, Merano and
Fiorello, winners at the Olympics between the years 1956 and 1972.
This is a horse
for riding, very popular in equestrian sport and for leisure.
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