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

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

Sorraia horses stand around fourteen hands tall. They have arnconvex shaped head with a low set tail and a long back. They have a distinctrnmane with what appears to be a striped or highlighted look of their hair. Theyrnare considered a very beautiful horse with what appear to be many Arabrnqualities.

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