Samolaco is a greatly endangered horse breed from Italy that takes its name from the town of Samolaco in Lombardy where they originated.
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Samolaco Horse Breed Info
Here are some of the key things you need to know about the Samolaco horse:
|Country of Origin||Italy|
Samolaco Horse Facts & Information (Breed Profile)
It is believed that the Samolaco horse descended from a cross between native animals and horses that were left behind by the Spanish at the turn of the 17th century in Lombardy in the north of Italy.
These horses were rarely used, and there was never much of a need for them because strong local Brune Suisse oxen were used for the forestry and agricultural work, so the focus was on breeding cattle.
Even the production of horse meat was not commercially viable, and as a result, these horses were moved to a higher alpine pasture during the summer months, and they were only stabled when the winter months arrived.
Because of this, the breeding of the Samolaco horses was mostly abandoned.
The few horses that were present in the 1980s were severely deteriorated, with legs that were badly conformed and big heads; their light chestnut coloring was attributable to the systematic infusion of Avelignese blood, which was initially a program of improvement but has essentially become an open substitution.
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It is a rustic breed, highly resistant to fatigue, lack of food and bad weather.
The head is light, and the neck is good.
The chest is wide, and the croup is rounded. Overall, they are of medium height and size.
They make great light draught and trotting horses, and are also used for farm work.
Country of Origin
Local horses, Spanish horses, Avelignese