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Garrano (also known as Minho, Minho, or Tres os Montes) horses are an ancient breed, descended from the same stock as the famous Sorraias. Sorraias live mainly between the two rivers Sor and Raia, while Garranos lives in North-Portugal, so they developed differently according to their habitats. Garranos mainly lives in the fertile regions of Minho and TrĂ¡s-os-Montes e Alto Douro, and have probably had more outside blood influence than Sorraias.  

It is generally believed that the Garrano is one of the ancestors to Andalusian and Galician Ponies. Recently, they have had infusions of Arabian blood, implemented by the Portuguese Ministry of Agriculture. This has refined the breed, but the ponies have also begun to lose some of their primitive features.  

Garrano ponies are strong, hardy, sure footed, fast, have a concave profile (dish faced), fine head, large eyes, small forward pricked ears, a long neck, straight shoulder, compact body, are short coupled, muscular, with sloping hindquarters, and a low set tail. Their chest is wide, they have hard hooves, short well formed limbs with broad joints. They are usually bay, chestnut or brown in color and stand 10-14hh.

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