Ventasso Horse

The Ventasso is a horse breed that is native to the mountainous areas of northern Italy.

They are known for their strength and stamina.

Though they are not as popular today as they once were, the Ventasso Horse is still a valuable breed with a lot to offer.

Here is everything you need to know about this amazing horse!

Ventasso Horse Breed Info

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

Height (size) 14.7 – 16.1 hands high
Colors Most commonly bay and gray
Country of Origin Italy
Common Uses General riding, equestrian sports

Ventasso Horse Facts & Information (Breed Profile)

The Ventasso Horse is native to the Ventasso Mountain in the Italian region of Reggio Emilia.

There is evidence that horses were present in the region as early as the period of Duke Ferdinand of Bourbon (mid 18th century).

These lands continued to supply horses to the Italian army even after the unification of Italy in 1861, and all the way up until the 1940s, and the Italian army liked them because they are known for being strong and brave.

In the last 40 years both the stud farm of Ramiseto and the Borzacchi-Bertoldi stud have been using Thoroughbred stallions, and ‘improved’ Maremmano stallions.

In the 1960s, the Bertoldis used a Lipizzano stallion and an ‘improved’ Maremmano stallion, and most of the oldest broodmares in the current Ventasso horse breed are descended from these two stallions.

Ventasso is one of the fifteen indigenous horse “breeds of limited distribution” recognised by the AIA, the Italian breeders’ association.

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

Alternative Names




Physical Characteristics

They have an expressive face with a straight profile and a strong neck that is around medium length.

The chest is deep, the shoulder is sloped, and the back is of good length.

Overall, they are well-proportioned.


Most commonly bay and gray

Height (size)

14.7 – 16.1 hands high


14.9 – 16.1 hh


14.7 – 15.9 hh



Blood Type


Common Uses

General riding, equestrian sports



Popular Traits




Country of Origin



Local horses, Maremmano, Lipizzaner