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This breed originatesrnfrom, and is spread throughout Puglia: in particular, the Murge region. It can tracernits origins to the time of Spanish domination, when Arab, Berber and Andalusianrnstallions were brought in. But the real development of the Murgese horse was thanksrnto the Counts of Conversano. They were a family of farsighted nobles who were veryrnadept in choosing horses for importation and careful in selecting those which fittedrnthe needs of the time and the character of the area. The breed was first officiallyrnregistered in 1926 at the “Deposito Stalloni” (Stallion Registry), which later becamernthe “Istituto di Incremento Ippico di Foggia” (Foggia Institute of Horse Breeding).

rnrnThe Murgese is a countryrnbreed, often reared in grazing herds. Because of its strength and its lively butrngentle character, it makes a good saddle-horse. Nowadays, it is most often usedrnfor vacational riding and to draw light carriages.

rnrnSource: Agraria.org

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