... national Horse of Brasil!
The Mangalarga Marchador is the National Horse of Brasil. The Mangalarga Marchador with over 200,000 registries in Brazil.
The name Mangalarga comes from the Hacienda Mangalarga which acquired stock from Campo Alegre
( Gabriel Francisco' breeding farm) and awakened interest in the horse among local ranchers. The horses smooth, cadenced and rhythmic gait, the marcha, contributed to the second name the Mangalarga Marchador was created.
The first association for the Mangalarga Marchador horse was founded in 1949 to set standards in confirmation, disposition, and gait.
- The Mangalarga Marchador is between 14.2 and 16 hands.
- Most colors are represented in the breed, with grays, bays, and chestnuts being predominant.
- Natural gaits are the walk, the marches, and the canter.
- There are two different marcha types. Which one is superior is subject to personal preference.
- The Marcha Picada is a bit smoother. It is a broken pace and therefore creates little vertical movement, similar to the Paso Fino corto or Largo, and has also been compared to the Peruvian Paso Llano.
- The Marcha Batida is a diagonal four beat gait, similar to the Trocha in the Paso Fino breed.