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Danube Delta horses are a feral breed that are found in andrnaround the Letea Forest of Romania. It is documented that 300 to 400 years agornthe ancestors of these horses were brought by the Tatars to the north of thernDanube delta. The collapse of communism in 1989 along with the nation's economyrnled to farms closing and releasing the horses into the wild. As a result, therernare roughly, 3600 of these horses live in the Danube Delta and 500 in the Letearnnature reserve.

rnrnDanube Delta horses are considered to be either large poniesrnor small horses. They come in black, bay or dun and have a robust muscularrnstructure with long slender legs. They have an attractive head with a straightrnprofile. The average height is 13.2 to 14.3 hands / 137 to 150 cm / 54 to 59rninches, and the average weight is 1100 lbs / 500 kg.

rnrnThey are difficult to train. However, once they arerndomesticated, Danube Delta horses are rather docile and manageable.

rnrn rnrnDanube Delta horses are very willing to work. Though theyrnare occasionally used for riding, they are primarily used as work horses.

rnrnThe number of Danube Delta horses drastically increased inrn1990 when numerous farms in the area shut down and released the horses into thernwild. The horses began destroying endangered flowers and plants in the forest.rnMany people became concerned about the horses' effect on the environment. Sincernthen, there has been a controversy about what to do with the horses. In 2000, arnnumber of the horses were captured and shipped to Italy and slaughtered forrntheir meat. As of 2013, there are about 500 horses living in and around thernForest of Letea in the Danube Delta. Presently, horses can not be removed fromrnthe area because a number of the animals carry equine infectious anemia whichrnwas discovered in 2008.rnrn

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