About Esperia Pony Chickens
This pony comes originally
from Lazio, (the Monti Ausoni and Monti Aurunci area, bridging the provinces of
Frosinone and Latina).
It was called the “Pony
of Esperia” after the Baron Ambrogio Roselli di Esperia who undertook its selective
In the past it was used
for carrying light loads and for its meat. It was only in 1962 that it was officially
recognized as a distinct breed and after thirty years it was added to the official
register at the “Associazione Provinciale Allevatori di Frosinone” (Association
of Breeders in the Province of Frosinone).
These are wild horses,
but once they are trained they show an equable temperament in the company of adults
and children and are suitable for use in riding schools.
This breed can forage on
very poor land and survive in very dry and barren conditions, going without water
for long periods.