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Galician Ponies are from Galicia, in the northwest of Spain.rnThe region has a very wet climate and numerous low mountains.

rnrnThey are a mix of Celtic horses, Roman horses, and horsesrnbrought to Spain by the Suevos. More recently they have been crossbred withrnother breeds. Despite their ethnic heterogeneity (three types of Galicianrnponies can be found in different parts of Galicia) the main characteristics arerntheir straight profile, linear proportions, height of between 1.20 and 1.30rnmeters, and a chestnut coat. An interesting characteristic of one of the threerntypes is the long mustache which appears on the upper lips of the older mares.

rnrnThey are large for a pony, but smaller than a horse. They arernrugged and hardy. They are short-bodied and strong-legged. rnrn 

rnrnAccording to the 1973 study by Pedro Iglesias there werernmore than 20,000 Galician ponies free in the mountains in the northwesternrnregion of Spain. However, it is thought that this number has decreased becausernof sanitary problems and low economic returns.rnrn 

rnrnIn the past, they were raised for their mane and tail hairrnthat was used to make different kinds of brushes. Today synthetic fibers havernreplaced this natural material and now they are maimly raised for meatrnproduction and riding.rnrn 

Also they have a tourist value. One of the most traditionalrnand popular festivals in Galicia is the "curros". Thern"curro" is a closed area where the horses are exhibited during thernfair. This festival consists in getting the semi-wild horses from the Galicianrnmountains once a year, usually in summer, to brand, cut their manes and tailsrnand sell them in the "curro." In this fair everyone participates inrnbringing the horses to the curro. Afterwards people buy some of the horses andrnthe rest are set free again. This festival attracts a lot of tourists and generatesrnfinancial resources for the region.

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