Criollo Horses in Argentina

On my recent trip to Argentina, I was introduced to the Criollo breed of horses. These horses originated from stock brought over by the Spanish and Portuguese explorers.  The breed is now considered native to Uruguay, Argentina and Paraguay.  Criollos stand between 13.3 and 14.3 hands tall.  They are compact well muscled horses that are known for unbelievable endurance.  When I first saw a Criollo, I thought the horse was a mix between a Quarter horse and some sort of pony.  I had the privilege of riding a Criollo on a short trail ride.  The horse had great agility, turned on a dime but bounced me around a bit during the trot and gallop.  All in all, I was impressed by the health, demeanor and ability of this breed. 

More information about this breed may be found at

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Dr. Kristen Nelson grew up on a farm in Watertown, Minn., where she developed a deep love for animals of all kinds. She received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine. Kris then completed a small-animal internship at the prestigious Animal Medical Center in New York City. In addition to writing and speaking, she cares for small and exotic animals in Scottsdale, Az. Dr. Nelson is widely quoted in the media. Her credits include Ladies’ Home Journal, USA TODAY, the Los Angeles Times and numerous radio and television interviews. Dr. Nelson has written two books, Coated With Fur: A Vet’s Life and Coated With Fur: A Blind Cat’s Love. Kris and her husband Steve share their home with rescued cats, birds and a dog.

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