Mangalargas are a rare breed of horse that originated in Brazil.

They are known for their smooth gaits and gentle nature.

If you’re looking for a horse that is good for trail riding, the Mangalarga is a great option.

In this article, we will tell you everything you need to know about the Mangalarga horse!

Mangalarga Horse Breed Info

Here are some of the key things you need to know about the Mangalarga:

Height (size) 14.2 – 15.2 hands high
Colors Bay, chestnut, roan and gray
Country of Origin Brazil
Common Uses n/a

Mangalarga Facts & Information (Breed Profile)

The Mangalarga horse breed was created in Brazil by Francisco Gabriel Junqueira, the Baron of Alfenas, when he started crossing Alter Real stallions from Portugal with local colonial mares on his property in Baependi County at Minas Gerais State.

When the Junqueira family relocated to the state of Sao Paulo in 1812, the geography, the forest, the local culture, and the many types of deer to hunt prompted them to search for a horse with different characteristics.

As a result, they began breeding the Mangalarga horse with Thoroughbred, Arabian, and American Saddlebred stallions, along with a Saddlebred mare and one Lusitano stallion.

As the breed’s popularity grew, breeders focused on creating distinct gaits within the breed without sacrificing its conformation and agility.

The efforts of Junqueira led to the development of another breed of called the Mangalarga Marchador.

This breed is distinct from the Mangalarga in that it was produced using a different set of bloodlines and it valued a different set of characteristics.

However, in the beginning, there was only one type of horse – the Mangalarga Horse.

Today, the two breeds are distinct, with each having its own studbook and breed organisations.

Only a few female lines of this bloodline are left today, but the Mangalarga horse today is a distinct and different breed from the Mangalarga Marchador.

If you’re interested in learning more about this fascinating breed, keep reading!

Alternative Names



Gentle nature

Physical Characteristics

The head is long with alert eyes and ears.

The neck is long and muscular, and it is attached to prominent withers.

The back is strong and short.

The hindquarters are powerful.

The tail is set high and gives them a fine appearance.

It is a gaited breed.


Bay, chestnut, roan and gray

Height (size)

14.2 – 15.2 hands high







Blood Type


Common Uses




Popular Traits

Naturally exhibits both the picada and batida gaits



Country of Origin



Local colonial mares and Alter Real stallions, later: Thoroughbred, Arabian, Lusitano and American Saddlebred