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The Calabrese (also known as Calabrian) is an Italian horse breed named after the region of Calabria in southern Italy from which it originated.

The ancestors of the Calabrese breed were Arabian and Andalusian horses, who were brought to Calabria during the 13th century. Crossing these two breeds together generated an Arabian-looking, horse who had better strength and agility.

Originally, breeding of Calabrese horses consisted primarily of crossing Arabian horses with Andalusian horses. Starting at the 19th century, breeders began to cross their Calabrese horses with Salernitano horses. Later, in the early 20th century, Thoroughbreds were also added to the mix, and the Calabrese breed became taller and more athletic.

Calabrese horses are fast horses who have high endurance and a good jumping ability. They come in the colors of bay, brown, chestnut, black, and grey, and usually stand between 15.3hh and 16.2hh.

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