Criollo: The Argentinian criollo decends from early andalusian stock brought to Rio de la Plata by Pedro de Mendoza in 1535. A small hardy breed with an average height between 14 and 15 hands, it is considered by some to be one of the toughest and most enduring horses in the world.
They are capable of carrying heavy loads long distances over very difficult terrians. The breed is famous for their endurance capabilities and ability to live in harsh conditions, as their homeland has both extreme heat and cold weather.
They are frugal eaters, surviving on inadequate food and sparce water. This breed also has good resistance to disease and are long-lived horses.
The most sought after color is grulla, with more common colors being chestnut, pinto, brown and strawberry roan.
Criollos are utilized by the Argentinian army as saddle mounts and as pack horses.
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