About Siciliano indigeno Horses
This is an Italian breed,
originally from eastern Sicily.
We should really refer
to it as a breed of horse with a definite oriental stamp, rather than as a pure
and distinct breed.
In fact, we can individuate
two distinct ethnic groups: that originating from the eastern parts of the island
(Catania, Siracuse and Ragusa) has more distinctly dolichomorphic characteristics,
while the group from the interior is more mesomorphic in form. The latter also has
more of a tendency towards deformed or irregular characteristics.
It is a saddle-horse, used
for riding in the countryside, or for jumping. In the past it was used to pull carriages,
or as a working horse. It is tough, powerful and tenacious.