Monterufolino

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Monterufolino
Alternative names Cavallino di Monterufoli
Country of origin Italy, native to Tuscany
Breed standards
Associzione Italiana Allevatori Breed standards
Equus ferus caballus

The Monterufolino or Cavallino di Monterufoli is a breed of small horse originating in the province of Pisa, in the Tuscany region of Italy. It is one of the fifteen indigenous horse "breeds of limited distribution" recognised by the AIA, the Italian breeders' association.[1] It takes its name from a former farm estate, the "Tenuta di Monterufoli", now broken up, which covered some 4000 Ha in the comuni of Pomarance, Montecatini Val di Cecina and Monteverdi Marettimo. Although it averages less than 14.2 hands (58 inches, 147 cm), it is officially termed a "cavallino", or small horse.

The status of the Cavallino di Monterufoli was listed in 2007 as critical by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations.[2] At the end of 2008 the breed consisted of 38 mares, 9 stallions, and 125 foals.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Il Registro Anagrafico delle Razze Popolazioni Equine a Limitata Diffusione". AIA (in Italian). Retrieved 5 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "Critical Breeds List 2007". FAO. Retrieved 5 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Consistenze". AIA (in Italian). Retrieved 5 April 2011.