About Giara Horses
Also known as the
“Cavallino della Giara” (The little horse of Giara), it is originally from the
highland region of the same name, in Sardinia. Little is known about its
origins. Probably it was brought into Sardinia by the Greeks in the 5th or 4th
century B.C., at the time of the nuraghe. It is accustomed to grazing free in
its difficult native terrain. To save the horse from extinction a breeding and re-populating
center was set up in 1971, at Foresta Burgos in Sardinia. This was established
by the “Istituto di Incremento Ippico di Orzieri” (the Orzieri Institute for
Horse Breeding) and used horses selected from the grazing herds.
This breed is tough, strong
and agile. It can be used for herding sheep or, if well-trained it makes an
excellent mount for young riders.
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