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Azores Poniesrnare from the Azores islands,rnPortugal. They have arnwedge-shaped head and a straight or slightly rammed profile, with a widernforehead and a small mouth section. Their neck is strong and goes into a longrnshoulder. Their chest is deep, but narrow. Their hindquarters are somewhatrnpoor. They generally are brown.

 Azores ponies are wiry, noble horses with a fiery temperament.rnThey are used in agriculture, but they are also used as children's ponies.

 Azores ponies are very similar to Balearic ponies. Azoresrnponies are a very rare breed, whose origin is not fully understood. It isrnassumed that horses or ponies from Morocco were imported into the 19th century,rnand that these took a not unimportant influence.

Typically, Azores ponies seem to have little in common withrnthe Portuguese horses (Lusitanos), although it is assumed that occasionally arnrefinement with the luxury horses imported from the mainland took place.

Domingos da Costa Oliveira reported in his book on Iberianrnhorses of 1906 that at least a Moroccan stallion named Califa was brought tornthe islands around 1872 and used for breeding. Very similar to the Balearicrnpony, the Azores pony is a very rare breed whose origin is not fullyrnunderstood. It is assumed that horses or ponies from Morocco were imported intornthe 19th century. 

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