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Sorraia horses come from Portugal and Spain. They received their name from where they where originally bred: the Raia and the Sor rivers that flow between Spain and Portugal. They were initially utilized for herding bulls all over Iberia. They look similar to Przewalski’s horse or Tarpan horses, and are often mistaken for them. They are found all along the Iberian Peninsula. Many experts have taken into account that these Sorraia horses could be responsible for many other horse breeds, even some bred in North Africa. They are currently undergoing a preservation project. They can be found in Lisbon as well as all along the Atlantic coast of Portugal. There were two variations of the Sorraia horses that were taken to North America sometime in the twenty first century with one directed to Canada. They are bred there as well and are referred to as American Sorraia horses.    

Sorraia horses are rather unique creatures. They are moderate in size but can function very highly and for long time periods. They are used for harness work and riding purposes, they are very resourceful and can depend on themselves for most of the day. They are described as hardy, tough, and and very brave. There are many studies being completed to test the posing theories that the Sorraia breeds have derived from various Iberian breeds.  

Sorraia horses stand around fourteen hands tall. They have a convex shaped head with a low set tail and a long back. They have a distinct mane with what appears to be a striped or highlighted look of their hair. They are considered a very beautiful horse with what appear to be many Arab qualities.

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