There is nothing quite like riding a pure bred Criollo horse across it’s South American homeland. These sturdy, small to medium size horses are proud, smart, adventurous and willing to take you to the limits. To ride a Criollo is to understand why they are the horse of the Gaucho.
World renowned for their endurance abilities, the Criollo can astonishingly thrive off very little without loosing condition in intense environments. You can traverse mountainous regions, across the steppe to the pampas on a Criollo safe in the knowledge that these horses can handle the harshest of Argentine weather and terrain.
The Criollo breed grew out of adversity, for their lineage extends back to the 15th century when purebred Andalusian stallions were imported to South America from Spain. Soon after, due to historical circumstances, the Spanish released the horses into the wild, where they soon spread all across the Pampas, adapting to the harsh environmental conditions. As they bred, they became highly adept at surviving the bleak winters and dry summers and became known as the Baguales horses, the foundation of the Criollo breed.
Throughout the years other breeds were introduced into the Criollo bloodlines. These include the English thoroughbred and Percheron along with Portuguese and Dutch breeds. As the Criollo’s rugged, dependable reputation grew, Argentinian breeders established breed guidelines to ensure the standards and qualities of the original Criollo Argentino are safeguarded and maintained.