Saturday, February 18, 2012

We are now OFFICALLY the first Chilean Corralero breeders in CA!

The Chilean Corralero, America's finest and oldest stock horse!

Friday Feb 17, we met our first Chileans! And I must say, I fell in LOVE! These are little horses (from 11hh-15) with great big, kind, and courageous hearts! They ran right up to greet us, with soft muzzles and large kind eyes. I'm not a huge stockhorse fan, but this breed is for me!

In the US, the chileans have been used for reining, coleadero, rodeo, ranch work, and trail.


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A bit of history about the Chilean Corralero:

The Chilean Corralero is the oldest breed of horse from South America and the oldest registered stock horse of all the Western Hemisphere. However its pure genealogy precedes the date of its formal registry as a breed. The first horses arrived in Chile with Diego Almagro in 1536, but it really wasn't until Pedro Valdivia settled in the region of New Toledo (Chile) that horses were introduced with the intent of starting a breeding establishment. In 1544 the clergyman Rodrigo Gonzalez de Marmolejo was declared the territory's first horse breeder and his emphasis in producing quality was to set a precedent for horse breeding from then on.

By the 19 th century Chile was considered the producer of the best quality horses in Latin America and their best specimens were exported to the courts of many parts of the Americas and even across the ocean to the noblemen of Europe. Thus creating the foundation for other horses such as the Argentine Criollo and Chilean Criollo.

There is no confusing the Chilean Horse with any other breed, as its traits, its courageous personality, its incredible lateral dexterity and its specialized function to work cattle, are not a product of recently established objectives. Quite to the contrary, the Chilean Horse breeds true because it has 460 years of selection and genetic purity as the world's premier cowhorse and the honor of being able to say it is a true breed in the classic sense of the word.

To view our upcoming matchups and foals offered for sale, as well as some history on our personal stock, please go to: http://theartofatruecharrohorse.blogspot.com/2012/07/looking-forward-to-our-first-chilean.html