Today’s Horse Facts: The Sorraia

The Sorraia is a horse breed that few peole have ever heard of.


Today’s Horse Facts: The Sorraia

 Have you ever heard of the breed of horse known as the Sorraia? The last blog I posted was about another unusual breed, the Marwari from India. The unique breed we are discussing today comes from …. Well, I’m not going to tell you. Let’s see if you know where this handsome looking horse comes from when you take your ten-question quiz. Ready?  Here we go.

  1. The Sorraia is named after the Sorraia River in Italy, where the horse was first discovered.
  2. The first Sorraias are believed to date back as far as the Ice Age.
  3. Sorraias are sometimes called Lusitanos.
  4. This breed is not more than 15 hands, usually about 14.3 hands.
  5. The Sorraia has a convex “Roman” nose profile.
  6. This breed’s color is mostly white or grey.
  7. The most unique characteristic of this breed is its feathered feet.
  8. The Sorraia is used mainly for farm and ranch work.
  9. White markings are desirable.
  10. Today the breed is flourishing.

Sorraia Mare and Foal

Let me know if you got at least eight of these questions correct. If so, then you are a Sorraria expert! Here are the answers:

  1.  F  The Sorraia is named after the Sorraia River in Portugal. (Iberian Peninsula.)
  2. T
  3. T
  4. T
  5. T
  6. F  The Sorraia must be a shade of dun; even the “grey” color is considered a light dun.
  7. F  This horse sometimes has “layered” hair that appears to be striped.
  8. F  They are used for herding bulls AND dressage and light harness showing.
  9. F
  10. F  There are only a few hundred registered Sorraias.

If you want to learn more about this beautiful breed from the Iberian Peninsula, look up these other websites to check on additional facts:

Next time, we’ll take a look at  the Thoroughbred, which most people know as a race horse.

Happy riding!


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