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Our Horses

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The Mangalarga Marchador


The Marchador has been “The Horse of Brazil” since 1934. For nearly a century, the breed has been tailored to work the vast cattle operations of the country.  Meeting the vigorous daily requirements of working cattle, the Marchador must be able to slide, spin, jump, and turn on a dime.  Long hours of working cattle and covering immense distances also made comfort a breed necessity.

The "Gait"


In addition to a walk, trot, canter, and gallop, the Marchador has two other gaits.  One being the “batida” is a diagonal gait almost identical to a trot.  Unless specifically looking for the batida, the gait is only felt.  It is easily mistaken for a trot.  The comparison between a trot and batida is simply a split-second difference in hoof landing.  In that split-second, the batida maintains triple hoof support giving comfort to the rider.  The batida is the most versatile and athletic of the Marchador gaits. The other gait being a “picada”, is lateral.  This gait is more visible to the untrained eye.  It is the smoothest of the Marchador gaits.

 

Our Chilean Horses

Our breeding program

The Chilean Horse

The Chilean Horse maintains the oldest registry of stock horses.  They have been selectively bred since 1544 and their lineage has been recorded under a closed registry since 1893.  The Chilean Horse is currently recorded in the Chilean government registry (Sociedad Nacional de Agricultura).  

For nearly five hundred years, the breed has been tailored to aggressively work cattle and other stock.  With the demand of extensive cattle work, the Chilean Horse is specifically bred to be cowy and fearless in its work.

In Chile

The Chilean Horse must withstand harsh working conditions.  They are specifically bred to have large strong bones, hardy hooves, and massive respiratory and circulatory systems.  Pen work as well as Chilean rodeos are not limited to roping.  Using its chest and body, Chilean Horses pin cattle against walls and other horses to gain control over them.