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post #11 of 14 Old 03-10-2013, 05:20 AM Thread Starter
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Origins and attitudes At the end of ‘800 this donkey was well spotted in the area of Amiata mountains in Tuscany, a uniform population of grey coated donkeys with special black and white stripes in the limbs and a scapular cross Thanks to their slender and nimble shape, they could go up to steep and rough mountains. Neurotic and good-natured as well, these donkeys had a large diffusion mainly as recurrent winners in the traditional ‘palio’. Thanks to the Horse Increase Institute at Pisa a group of these donkeys have been preserved with known ascendants and various blood lines.

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Height to the withers (30 months):
- Male: 130-140 cm
- Female: 125-135 cm
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post #12 of 14 Old 03-10-2013, 05:23 AM Thread Starter
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Origins and attitudes An ancient breed from Pantelleria island (well-known in the 1st century a.C.) where it was largely common until some decades ago.
Very strong, this donkey could carry extremely heavy loads around the paths of the island. In the past this breed represented an important resource for the island and Trapani province. The hybrids (mules) were highly appreciated abroad, too. Also at some time in the past speed races were organized on track and this breed was preferred to horses, as these donkeys were more suitable to be ridden on any kind of ground. Various reasons brought them to almost total extinction, though.
They are very robust animals, with a fast and sure walk when descending rocky paths mainly, thanks to the natural amble walk (they move forwards the limbs of the same side), their comfortable mount and a precocious growth, together with a great physical stamina and toughness to hardships like the lack of drinking water; not least their intelligence. These are the main features of this animal that for a lot of time accompanied the life and the labour of people in Pantelleria. Lively and throbbing temperament.

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Height to the withers: from 125 to 140 cm; in the past some of them may get to 150 cm.
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Wow! I loved reading all of this and learning something new :)
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