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Hardy and resistant, the Mangalarga horse has the sociable character of the Andalusian horse. It has an advantage over other breeds which is thewalking trot that makes him very comfortable.
Associação Brasileira dos Criadores de Cavalos da Raça Mangalarga
Associação Brasileira dos Criadores de Cavalos da Raça Mangalarga
Associação Brasileira dos Criadores do Cavalos Mangalarga Marchador
Associação Brasileira dos Criadores do Cavalos Mangalarga Marchador

Cambui, Mangalarga horse, photo © Fabrizio Brandão

The Mangalarga horse (Brazil)
Like all American breeds, it descends from European horses introduced by the conquerors.

In the beginning of the 19th century, Don Joao IV, frightened by the arrival of Napoleon the 1st on the Iberic peninsula, took refuge in Brasil. He took all his cavalry with him. His horses were the Alters (Andalusian founder).

The Brazilian family Junqueira purchased some stallions and bred them to local mares with Dutch origins in order to obtain a horse adapted for livestock work, hunting, polo and traveling.

The Junqueiras wanted a horse that could serve the boss as well as the ranch hands. They introduced Arabian, Anglo-Arabian, Thoroughbred and American Saddle horse blood into the Mangalarga, in hopes of conserving a certain amble: the marcha trottada, or a walking trot.

Text written with the participation of Stéphane Bigo

Jota, Mangalarga horse, photo © Fabrizio Brandão

Jamaica, Mangalarga horse, photo © Fabrizio Brandão

Characteristics of the Mangalarga breed

Breed Mangalarga
Origin Brazil
Height at the withers 15 1/2 to 16 hands (1,55 to 1,60m)
Build Middle length
Colors Chesnut, bay, grey, roan
Character Calm and energetic
Capacities Saddle horse. livestock work, equestrian games, trips (from pleasure riding to long voyages).
Qualities Resistant
Head Rather long, straight profile, wide forehead, alert eyes, long ears.
Neck Long and muscular, abundant mane.
Body Withers somewhat prominent, doral-lumbar line short and straight, rounded, strong hindquarters, abundant tail attached high.
Shoulder Sloped and well muscled.
Chest Deep
Legs Solid bones and well-developed joints, resistant joints and tendons, long pastern, strong, well made hooves.

With Stéphane Bigo's participation
By Le Guide du cheval - Maurizio BONGIANNI. Fernand Nathan Editions, Paris - 1980.

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