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Garrano history

The Garrano, sometimes called the Minho, an ancient breed, descended from the same stock as the more-famous Sorraia. The Sorraia lives in Spain, mainly between the two rivers Sor and Raia, while the Garrano lives in Portugal, so they developed differently according to their habitats. The Garrano mainly lives in the fetile regions of Minho and Tras os Montes, and has probably had more outside blood influence it than the Sorraia.

It is generally believed that the Garrano is one of the ancestors to the Andalusian and the Galician pony. Recently, the breed has had infusions of Arabian blood, implemented by the Portuguese Ministry of Agriculture. This has refined the breed, but the ponies have also begun to lose some of their primitive features.

The ponies are used for riding and light farm work. The military used them for pack purposes, and they are also good in harness.

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