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Mérens or Cheval de Mérens
||The The Mérens or Cheval de Mérens is native to the Pyrenean and Ariégeois mountains in south-west France near the Ariège river and northern Spain, near Andorra. Its old name, Ariégeois, was taken from the Ariège river. For centuries, the Mérens has been used as a packhorse due to its sure-footed ness, endurance and hardiness. In the twenty-first century, two types of Mérens can be found; a shorter, lighter traditional mountain horse and a taller, more sporty type. There are very strict standard placed on the Mérens when registering for the stud book to ensure quality in the breed.
||The Mérens is light boned, alert head with a flat forehead, straight profile, fairly short, hairy ears with alert eyes and a gentle expression. It has a fairly short, straight neck with rather straight shoulders. Its back is long but strong with a broad chest. Its hindquarters are round with sloping croup and its limbs are slender with strong feet.
(hh= Hands High, one hand is 4 inches)
||This horse is always black. It's very rare to find white stockings or markings on its head but the flank is sometimes found to be lightly flecked with white.
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