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The Sorraia is a rare breed of horse indigenous to the portion of the Iberian peninsula known today as Portugal. The Sorraia is known for its primitive features, including a convex profile and dun coloring with primitive markings. Concerning its origins, a theory has been advanced by some authors that the Sorraia is a descendant of primitive horses belonging to the naturally occurring wild fauna of Southern Iberia.

The Sorraia is a rare breed of horse indigenous to the portion of the Iberian peninsula known today as Portugal. The Sorraia is known for its primitive features, including a convex profile and dun coloring with primitive markings. Concerning its origins, a theory has been advanced by some authors that the Sorraia is a descendant of primitive horses belonging to the naturally occurring wild fauna of Southern Iberia.

Sorraia horse. Despite its ancestry and primitive phenotype, Sorraias are a reconstruction of the original breed, made by Ruy de Andrade in the 20th century from horses he bought from farmers of the area, but they still keep a closer relation to the Tarpan. Now, there is another attempt to recreate Tarpan in the USA with sorraias and mustangs with a primitive aspect.

Sorraia and Sorraia Mustang horses - behavioural observations, historic research and evocative photos of these nearly extinct primitive equines.

Sorraia horse. In the 1920s, Dr Ruy d'Andrade discovered a wild herd of horses in the area between the rivers Sor and Raia. He could not capture any and never saw the herd again, but he could buy some similar domesticated horses from farmers of the area to recreate it. It is one of the most ancient horses.

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The Sorraia horse is a primitive horse of South Iberia, not a breed for all we know, but a subspecies. Its discoverer, the Portuguese scientist Ruy d'Andrade, believed it to be a direct descendant of an Iberian wild horse, and the main ancestor of the Andalusian, Lusitano, and Barb horses. Horses of Sorraia type were depicted in prehistoric cave paintings in South Iberia, like the one in Escoural (Portugal) and La Pileta (Spain).

The Sorraia horse is a primitive horse of South Iberia, not a breed for all we know, but a subspecies. Its discoverer, the Portuguese scientist Ruy d'Andrade, believed it to be a direct descendant of an Iberian wild horse, and the main ancestor of the Andalusian, Lusitano, and Barb horses. Horses of Sorraia type were depicted in prehistoric cave paintings in South Iberia, like the one in Escoural (Portugal) and La Pileta (Spain).

Pure Sorraia stallion, Altamiro. Look at him please. There are about 199 others like him left on the planet. Geneticists and consevationists still need more puzzle pieces to unravel the history of this southern Iberian wild horse. Breed or subspecies? Always wild or feral? If you don't pin a single pin, please visit Lynne Gerard 's blog to learn about these ancient noble horses and the attempt to save them.

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Sorraia and Sorraia Mustang horses - behavioural observations, historic research and evocative photos of these nearly extinct primitive equines.

Sorraia for Sale: Stallion, Sorrel, 8 years in Caceres, Cáceres, Spain

Horse for sale: Very rarely - Sorraia Stallion - European wild horses - This Stallion is a rarity. Sorraias come originally from Portugal, and live there still wild part.

This Stallion is a rarity. Sorraias come originally from Portugal, and live there still wild part.

Sorraia for Sale: Stallion, Sorrel, 8 years in Caceres, Cáceres, Spain

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