conformation neat head on slender neck, upright shoulders,
narrow, compact body, short back, slim legs
colour all solid colours
height 12-14 hands
uses riding, harness
When Hernando Cortes landed in Mexico from Cuba in 1519, he brought with him 16 horses, among them a small, lighter framed equine to use in the mines, and to carry the dead and wounded from the battlefield. Courageous, intelligent and strong, these little horses came from the Galicia region of Spain and were believed to
be crosses between Andalucian stallions and wild Sorraia and Garrano onies. S anish she herds used Andalucians for herding and would release them at night, when they would be free to mate with the mountain ponies, with wandering Sorraia stallions adding to the mix.
ln Mexico, they became known as Galicenos and were attractive creatures possessing the Spanish gaits and proud bearing of their Andalucian ancestors. They were greatly prized by the native people on the coastal regions of Mexico and remain popular today.
Not all are naturally gaited, depending on their heritage, but because most are it was written into the breed standard set up in the 1950s, when a number of Galicenos were captured in Mexico. Although small, they have great presence and enough strength to carry an adult, while their docile and gentle nature makes them excellent children’s onies.
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