The Apennine Horse.
The Apennine Horse has decidedly recent origins, very close to the present day, origins that can be dated towards the end of the ’60s, when the first exemplars of Freiberg (Franches-Montagnes) were imported from Switzerland of the entrepreneur Vittorio Ortalli on the hills of Reggio Emilia where the entrepreneur inserted the specimens near Scandiano, in the province of Reggio Emilia, on the hills above Iano.
The adaptation to the new territory of the horse was very rapid, beyond any good prediction.
Here the Apennine Horse found immediate diffusion in the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines, populating the areas characterized by poor pastures with high temperature variations between summer and winter, as the Apennine Horse endures very well both the low winter temperatures and the high summer temperatures.
Over time the Apennine Horse has developed even more thepeculiar qualities of rusticity and adaptability, typical of the Breed, adapting over the years to the territory and integrating into the environmental and socio-economic fabric.
The Breed is particularly suited to the mountain environment and is a dynamic, intelligent horse with a strength that is out of the ordinary.
It is the ideal horse for work and shooting, saddle and equestrian tourism, thanks to its qualities of strength, frugality.
One of the most important features is its frugality that makes it a very economical breeding horse that is well suited to the poverty ofthe pastures it has.
The Apennine Horse is docile and has good riding characteristics.
The Breed was included only in 2010 in the Register of National Register of Equine Breeds and Populations in Limited Spread, at theItalian Breeders Association and, at the same time, the Breed standards havebeen approved that fixes the typical characteristics.
Currently, about fifty years after its insertion, there are only about 300 mares throughout the Emilia-Romagna region and just under 2,000in all the hilly and mountainous areas of Italy.
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Now let’s go to discover the territory where the Apennine horse lives.
An are abetween the ridges of woods that lie between the passes of Cisa and the Forbici and that separate Emilia Romagna from Tuscany, a true mountain environment with the peaks of Alpe di Succiso, Monte Prado and Monte Cusna they exceed 2000 meters in height.
Here the forests give way to rocks, lakes and meadows at high altitude with environments full of lakes, waterfalls, rock faces and animals such as the wolf, roe deer or golden eagle but we explore the park in all seasons.
In spring the Park offers beautiful landscapes where the highest peaks are still snowy, overlooking the valleys already colored green and where you can appreciate the beautiful blooms that transform the territory into a natural botanical garden with streams and rivers rich in water that create fascinating waterfalls.
It is the ideal season to visit the villages and experience the many initiatives related to the tradition of Easter and those promoted by the National Park during the European Week of Parks or to travel the many itineraries on foot, by bicycleor, of course, on horseback.
Summer isfull of initiatives and events with lively festivals in the villages, food and wine tastings and concerts that liven up the evenings.
In this season the woods are at their best and they create an evocative panorama with many shades of green.
Autumn is a season full of colors and products, flavors and suggestions, initiatives andevents with the mild climate that allows you to do outdoor activities in the woods full of mushrooms, chestnuts and truffles
Finally, winter when on the Emilia side there is still snow up to low altitudes throughout the season and on the Tuscan side it is rare to find the snowy villages and woods.
Throughout the territory there are several ski resorts for alpine skiing, in recent yearscross-country skiing has been relaunched and those who do not ski can appreciate the snow-covered Apennines thanks to the “ciaspole”, snowshoes that also allow you to make trails naturalistic in search of the tracks of animals in the snow or along icy streams.
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