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Criollo
Characteristics
Scientific Name:
Equus caballus
Family Name:
Equidae
Origin or Range:
Uruguay
Size:
averages between 13.3 and 15.3 hands tall
Weight:
unknown
Compatibility:
average
 
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Criollo

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Criollo Description
  The Criollo is a descendent of Spanish horses brought to Uruguay and Argentina by Spanish Settlers. They were traditionally used by the Argentinean gauchos for farm work, as draft horses, or for pleasure riding. Because the were free-roaming horses for centuries, they developed into a strong, versatile breed capable of great feats of endurance. The Criollo is a powerful animal that can live in almost any conditions. It is a sturdy, muscular horse. They can appear in a large variety of colors, but horses of Tabiano coloring are excluded from registering. The gateado (cat-colored) coloring is preferred. Many Criollos have dorsal stripes and/or zebra stripes on the legs. It has a short neck and its tail is carried close to the buttocks. The mane and tail are profused.  
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