Last month we shared an article about Criollo horses, one of the main breeds we keep at the Rancho. This month we’d like to give you a few details about Mestizo horses, a crossbreed of the various Spanish horses brought to Mexico in the 16th Century (like the Barb, the Jennet and the Andalusian). Aragon, Attila and Palomo are all Mestizos. You can tell by their docile demeanor and comfortable ride.
Mestizos are very tame and extremely sensory. They quickly understand who is riding them and will respond to the orders they receive: a slow, calm pace for the novice or a more adventurous jaunt with a domineering rider.
Because of their strong mix of genes, Mestizo horses are able to acclimate to some of the hardest circumstances. They can work many consecutive hours under unfavorable conditions while remaining calm and strong. Their character, independence and rusticity often contrast with an endless generosity.
There are more than 100 colors and shades of Mestizos – White, Bay, Black, Chestnut and everything in between! They are usually smaller in stature, but do not have any real distinguishing features. While they may be considered “mutts” by some, they are the ideal horse for a pleasant and adventurous ride!