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Messara (also known as Cretan) horses are a light riding andrndraft horse found on the island of Crete off the coast of Greece.rnrn 

rnrn rnrnThe native mountain-type Messara pony exists on the islandrnof Crete since year 1000 or longer. The name comes from the Mesara Plain wherernthey are mostly found. The modern Cretan horse was developed by crossing thernnative mares on Arabian stallions imported during the Turkish occupation in thern17th century. They are now a rare breed with around 100 representatives. Sincern1994 there exists a studbook and conservation program has been started.rnrn rnrn 

rnrnTheir main coat colors are bay, brown (a variation of bay),rnblack, and gray. They usually stand between 12.2 and 14 hands high. MostrnMessara ponies have a natural pacing gait that is easy and comfortable to ride.rnThey are very good at walking on rocky ground and uneven surfaces.rnrn rnrn 

rnrnMessara ponies are used for light farm work and forrntransportation but more and more also for riding and racing. The stallions arernoften crossed with female donkeys (Jennies) to produce Hinnies.

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