The Criollo is the native horse of Uruguay (1910), Argentina (1918), Brazil (1932) and Paraguay. It may have the best endurance of any horse breed in the world next to the Arabian. In fact, due to the criollo's low basal metabolism, it may be a better long-distance horse than the Arabian in prolonged races over a week in duration with no supplemental feed.
The breed, known for its hardiness and stamina, is most popular in its home countries. To speak of the Criollo horse is to speak of the Gaucho. The horse is his indispensable accessory ; it is said that a Gaucho without a horse was the same as a man without legs.
O HOMEM DO CAMPO - THE SHORT FILM
The gauchos of South American’s pampas are the stuff of legend. Now considered national symbols in Argentina and Uruguay, these solitary horsemen and women have herded cattle through the lowland plains for centuries. In Brazil’s southern state of Rio Grande do Sul, gaúchos (the Portuguese equivalent) have become so integral to the culture that the term is used to describe anyone living in the region. Get a glimpse of what life is like for a modern day gaúcho in this breathtakingly beautiful short.
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