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<<We have new neighbors from Brazil...bringing their Mangalarga
Marchadors soon. We'll get to see firsthand how this
breed might be for endurance. >>
A couple of years ago, while attenting an equine reproduction
symposium in Caxambu, Brazil (4 hours south of Sao Paolo), I had the
opportunity to see and ride this unusual breed. I had the pleasure of
riding a Mangalarga on a four-hour trail ride in spectacular country.
My little gray friend, just a four-year-old, was tough, kind and
sure-footed. The ride ended with our group trotting through the
streets of downtown Caxambu surrounded by street vendors, barking
dogs, etc. and never putting a foot wrong.
My friend Chris Bowman, who hadn't ridden in years due to arthritis,
fell in love with the breed and somehow persuaded her husband Tom (a
reprodutive veterinarian on Maryland's Eastern shore who was there for
the conference) to import a few of these critters for her to ride.
Well, after a year of searching, they discovered an entire HERD of
Mangalargas in Florida, and they took in the whole group -- stallions,
broodmares, foals, and a couple of young geldings. Anyway, they are
now stuffed to the gills with Mangos.
There are two varieties of Mangalargas -- a gaited type called the
marchadore, and a more sport horse type called the Paulista (I think).
Some have been used for endurance in Brazil. These horses have, among
other influences, Andalusian and Criollo blood, if I'm remembering the
story I wrote about them a few years back correctly.
As far as I know there are few sources of Mangalarga blood in America,
and it's difficult to import them due to piroplasmosis being fairly
common in Brazil. There is a veterinarian in Brazil, Joao Fleury, who
does embryo transfer with Mangos and owned one of the breed's top
I'm sure Chris Bowman would be delighted to share her adventures with
Mangos (as we call them). Her email addreess is firstname.lastname@example.org
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