- Balearic (horse)
The Balearic is a breed of
horsethat originated in Spain, and is native to the islandof Majorcacite web
title = Balearic
url = http://www.ansi.okstate.edu/breeds/horses/balearic/index.htm
work = Oklahoma State University
accessmonthday=June 18 | accessyear=2007] (Mallorca) off the southern coast, one of the
It matures to about 14 hands tall, and it is disputed if the breed should be classified as a horse or a
pony. The breed is considered rare, and little information is available.
The Balearic is said to be a riding animal that matures to about 14 hands. It is agreed that breed representatives have an upright mane, a primitive feature in horses, but reports differ as to whether the breed is attractive or "scrubby." It is said to have a short, thick, but arched neck, a head with a convex profile but refined bone structure. They are said to have slender legs and carry themselves well.
The breed is also sometimes referred to as the
BalearicIsland pony and its origins are obscure. Some claim it is an ancient breed descended from horses of Ancient Greece. There is a claim that original stock came from Skyrosin Greece. It is said that the breed bears a resemblance to horses in illustrations on ancient Greek pottery, coins, and friezescite web
title = Balearic
url = http://www.equinekingdom.com/breeds/light_horses/balearic.htm
work = Equine Kingdom
accessmonthday=December 22 | accessyear=2007] . Because modern government officials in Spain consider the breed unimportant, little is known about it.
Genetic studies suggest that the Balearic is a distinct breed from other
Iberian horsebreeds, including other breeds that live on various islands in the Balearic chain. [Cañon J, Checa ML, Carleos C, Vega-Pla JL, Vallejo M, Dunner S. "The genetic structure of Spanish Celtic horse breeds inferred from microsatellite data." "Anim Genet." 2000 Feb;31(1):39-48. PubMed abstract accessed June 18, 2007 at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=10690360&dopt=Abstract]
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