About Aniatina Donkeys
Amiatina donkies, or Asino dell'Amiata in atalian, are from donkeys
from Tuscany in central Italy. They are particularly associated with Monte
Amiata in the provinces of Siena and Grosseto, but they are distributed
throughout Tuscany. There are also popular in Liguria and in Campania. They are
one of the eight autochthonous donkey breeds of limited distribution recognized
by the Ministero delle Politiche Agricole Alimentari e Forestali, the Italian
ministry of agriculture and forestry.
They are grey-coated donkeys with special black and white
stripes in the limbs and a scapular cross. Thanks to their slender and nimble
shape, they could go up to steep and rough mountains. Neurotic and good-natured
as well, these donkeys had a large diffusion mainly as recurrent winners in the
traditional 'palio'. Thanks to the Horse Increase Institute at Pisa a group of
these donkeys have been preserved with known ascendants and various blood
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