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Andean horses were developed in the harsh environment of thernAndes Mountains (above 9,000 feet) and display characteristics reminiscent of Tibetanrnhorses. The great altitude has created an animal with amazing lung capacity andrna thick, dense coat of fur. They are considered the Peruvian national horse.

Andean horses, with their strength, great stamina, andrnwell-developed sense of balance and agility, are capable of climbing uprnmountains at medium speeds with ease. In fact, they can carry a 200-pound packrnup steep slopes to 16,000 feet above sea level without becoming overly tired.

rnrnThey are smaller than most full-size horse breeds: they are aboutrn12 to 13.2 hands tall (48-53 inches, 122-135 centimeters). Typical of smallrnhorses, the Andean has short and straight pasterns with compact and toughrnhooves. Their profile is slightly convex with a short neck, heavy-looking head,rnand broad forehead. Additionally, its ears are also short and small, which isrnprobably due to the Andalusian influence.

Typically they are chestnut colored. When compared with itsrnSouth American Criollo cousins, the Andean looks rather angular, accentuated byrnits broad, muscular back, rounded rump, and low-set tail. Nevertheless, itsrngait is typical of horses in the region. 

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