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Mangalarga Marchador
Scientific Name:
Equus caballus
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averaging over 15 hands high
between 900 and 1100 lbs.
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Mangalarga Marchador

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Mangalarga Marchador Description
  The Mangalarga Marchador is a Brazilian Gaited Horse. It should not be confused with the Mangalarga, which is not a gaited horse. It is also known as the Manga Picada, Manga Batida, and Brazilian Paso. It is a horse that is known for its incredible endurance and versatility. The Mangalarga Marchador is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records in reference to a trail ride by two 60 year old men that lasted over a year and a half. They are used on farms and ranches and also in non-specialized sports, including cutting, endurance riding, trail riding, jumping and polo. It has two special gaits. These are the marcha picada, which stands for "light touch", and marcha batida, meaning "to hit". It is a moderately sized horse. It has a triangular head with a straight profile, much like the Barb horses. The neck is medium length, well arched and muscular. The back is also medium length. The entire horse is quite muscular and powerful. Its coat is fine and silky, with a full mane and tail. The common coat colors for the Mangalarga Marchador include grays, bays and chestnuts. It is the national horse in Brazil.  
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