Mérens - horses for sale
The Merens horse is a native of the Pyrenees and Ariégeois mountains. This surefooted animal is also known as the Cheval de Mérens, Caballo de Merens and sometimes by its historic name, the Ariégeois pony. It is an important regional breed in both France and Spain, where many people proudly buy a Merens in recognition of its important role in the history and traditions of both countries. The charismatic breed, sometimes described as “The Black Prince of the Mountains” by people who sell a Merens, has a fascinating story. Over the centuries, it has served in many roles, from cavalry horse to farm horse, and today it is a recreational horse participating in the heritage of the mountains.
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Use and characteristics of the Merens
Ideally, according to the standards of the breed, a Merens horse stands 14.1 hands (57 inches/145 cm) to 15.1 hands (61 inches/155 cm) high and weighs 400 to 500 kilos (880 to 1,100 lb). In fact, today there are broadly two types of Merens horse, with those bred in the mountains tending to be smaller at 12.3 ¾ hands high (51.75 inches/131 cm). Individuals produced in the lowlands or plains are larger, offering greater competitive scope for equestrians who buy a Merens of this type. Their coats are invariably black. Increasingly, breeders now sell a Merens that favours a sports horse profile. This has created controversy with breeders who wish to maintain the surefooted hardy all-rounder that has long been popular with farmers.