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Horse breeds: Apennine

Horse breeds: Apennine


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Origins and attitudes

It was included in 2010 in the national registry of breeds-populations with limited diffusion.
The breed has distant origins: the first specimens of Freiberg (Franches-Montagnes) were imported from Switzerland in the late 1960s in the company of the entrepreneur Vittorio Ortalli, located on the Reggio hills; from here the breed found immediate spread in the area of ​​the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines, populating the badlands, characterized by poor pastures and high temperature ranges between summer and winter. The horse, adapting over the years to the territory, has developed even more the peculiar qualities of rusticity and adaptability, integrating itself into the environmental and socio-economic fabric. Currently (year 2010) there are about 300 mares in Emilia-Romagna alone and just under 2,000 spread in all the hilly and mountainous areas of Italy, from Sicily to Lombardy.
Type: Mesomorphic.

Breed standard - Apennine horse

1) AREA OF ORIGIN: Upper Tuscany, Emilia Romagna

2) ATTITUDE: work, saddle and medium-heavy attack

3) TYPICAL CHARACTERS:
a) coat: bay and chestnut in its derivations, with particular signs on the head and limbs on the limbs with the presence also of a backpack coat
b) conformation:
- Head: light with straight profile;
- Neck: well proportioned to the trunk;
- Shoulder: medium inclined and muscular;
- Garrese: wide, long and raised;
- Back: wide and well directed;
- Loins: wide and well attached;
- Croup: wide, long and well inclined;
- Chest: broad and muscular;
- Chest: wide;
- Limbs: dry;
- Joints: wide and dry;
- Pace: good;
- Appiombi: regular.
- Foot: wide and solid
c) temperament: docile, rustic, of good character.
d) other characteristics: versatility, frugality.

4) BIOMETRIC DATA (expressed in cm):
Minimum height withers:
- Males: 150 - 160
- Females: 140 - 150

Chest circumference:
- Males: 170 - 190
- Females: 160 - 180
Shank circumference:
- Males: 18-22
- Females: 16-19

5) DEFECTS THAT INVOLVE THE EXCLUSION FROM THE REGISTER:

- Height at the withers: less than the minimum

Apennine horse (photo www.conipiediperterra.com)


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