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Cretan Horse

Country of Origin: Greece

Cretan Horse


Also known as the Messara Horse the Cretan Horse is a light draft horse found in the island of Crete off the coast of Greece.


They are a mountain-type pony and have been on the island since around the year 1000 and are mostly found on the Mesara plain. This animal was developed in the 17th century by crossing native mares with imported Turkish Arabian stallions.

In 1994 a conservation program was started and today their numbers are just barely in three digits.


Average height 12.2 – 14 hands
Retain characteristics of their Arabian ancestors

Traditional Colors

Black | Grey | Bay


Light farm work

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