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Corsican (also known as U Cavallu Corsu or u paganacciurnor Cheval corse) horses are small horses indigenous to the Mediterranean islandrnof Corsica, off the coast of south-eastern France.

rnrnThere are no equines in the fossil record of Corsica,rnand for that reason it is believed that humans brought the first horses to thernisland, along with a number of other animals. The Haras Nationaux set up arnremount depot on the island in 1861 for the purpose of producing light cavalryrnhorses and mules. When the military ceased to breed horses there, the animalsrnremaining were bred by local people and reverted to a homogeneous phenotype duernto what essentially became natural selection.

rnrnCorsican horses are small, standing between 1.30 andrn1.50 metres (12.3 and 14.3 hands) at the withers and weighing 300–400 kg. Theyrnare found in black, seal brown, or any shade of bay. Their head is relativelyrnshort, sometimes heavy, with a straight profile. Their body is compact, with arnshort and sloping croup. Their legs are fine, with small hard hooves.

rnrnTheir total population on the island is estimated atrnapproximately 1000. Since the stud-book was established in 2012, about 100rnanimals have been registered.

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