Missing breed: Argentine Warmblood

  • Argentine Warmblood, Argentinian Warmblood or Silla Argentino

    Its origins are related to the first horses that inhabited this part of America. The Andalusian horses, which the Spaniards brought to the new world to undertake the enormous task of conquest, and chosen to be the most rustic and resistant, were then left to their fate due to the first failed attempts at settlement. Wandering without destination through the huge pampas, the surviving horses necessarily suffered a series of processes and structural changes to adapt to the new conditions, so different from those of their homeland. The strong suns, cold winds, frequent storms and aridity of the ground, forced them to migrate great distances in search of water and pastures, which gave them that incomparable resistance; their particular instinct about danger was achieved as a result of the persecution of the Indian or the puma. All these factors, added to the continuous consanguinity and isolation, form the basis of the peculiar characteristics of Argentine horse breeds. At the end of the 19th century, with the immigration of European inhabitants, who brought with them their saddle and shooting horses, they gave a great contribution of blood to the native horses, improving them according to the use they were given, in this way arise the Argentine races, which preserve in their genes the rusticity, the resistance and the intelligence of their ancestors.

    The origin goes back to the year 1924 when in Argentina a new association called "of promotion of saddle horse breeding" is founded with the aim of keeping a registry of high quality thoroughbred of racing (TBR) mestizos, conformed by saddle type half blood mares approved, and TBR also approved. These animals were called Anglo Argentinian. In 1941, the Anglo Argentinian stopped being a type and became a breed for the AAFE (Argentine Association of Equine Promotion). From 1982 it began to be called Argentine Warmblood. It is an animal very similar to the TBR, although more robust.

    Stands out for his energetic and vivacious temperament. Of medium volume and weight, its strong and proportionate structure gives it a harmony fit for sport. Its fur, remarkably smooth and silky, can be bay, chestnut or dapple. Overo and Grullo are accepted, but rare. This animal of long and harmonious lines has vivacious and expressive eyes, tail and neck well inserted and strong and clear limbs, correctly plumbed. Extremely resistant and effective, it is used in all kinds of equestrian competitions. Well muscled and strong constitution, with its center of gravity low. Good foot and loose gait, agile and fast in their movements. Active, energetic and docile character, its racial characteristic is defined by its rusticity, longevity, fertility, resistance, courage, power of recovery and aptitude for cattle work, with 1,64-1,70 m. of height with a variable weight between 430 and 520 kg.

    The breeding is governed by the AAFE since 1982. The animals have an inspection per year and a final one at two years where they are definitively registered or rejected according to their physical conformation. They are identified by DNA and microchip. In their selective records they have to date with 70,000 animals registered and more than 300 members.
    The AAFE makes a severe selection by type; it does not only consider that the product is the son of proven parents, but at 1.5 years they do another inspection of the product and if the foal responds to the characteristics it is registered in the definitive registers.
    For the purpose of presentation at the exhibitions, the horses of Silla Argentino are grouped into three subdivisions:
    a) Higher elevation
    1.64 m. older than 4 years
    1.63 m. between 3 and 4 years
    1.61 m. less than 3 years
    b) Medium height:
    For males and females of elevation included within the limits established for those of higher and lower height.
    c) Polo type (lower elevation)
    1.60 m. older than 4 years
    1.59 m. between 3 and 4 years
    1.57 m. less than three years

    The Selective Registers aim to direct and order genetic selection to perfect the type of saddle horse called "Silla Argentino". The selection is based on the blood history and the classification by type, conformation and aptitude, for the equestrian sports (jump, training, complete test, pole, duck, etc.).

    Marking: The marking of the Particular Registry either on fire or cold will be in shape optional at the discretion of each breeder. It is mandatory the marking of all Silla Argentino products registered in the AAFE with the Trademarks "Silla Argentino", in the back room of the riding side. This marking must be done exclusively by the designated Inspectors.
    The appointed Inspectors will inspect the schools controlled by the AAFE annually, identifying and recognizing male or female specimens, verifying its marking, microchip implant and extraction of hair samples; approving or rejecting male or female reproducers, that the breeder present for their classification and providing advice and collaboration in the management of the schools and the selection of breeding male breeders for them. The animals submitted for the Inspector's consideration must be tame from below to facilitate your task.

    Prefix: The prefix consists of one or more letters, words or alphanumeric, which form a characteristic and differentiated set, placed at the beginning of the denomination of the animal. It must not exceed fifteen spaces including the separations between words. For registration, products must have an assigned name.

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    Asociacion Argentina de Fomento Equino (AAFE - Argentine Association of Horse Development) - the one in charge of the registry of the equine Argentine breeds

    BREED: Argentine Warmblood, Argentinian Warmblood, Silla Argentino
    TYPE: Warmblood
    Origin: Argentina
    Height: 1,64 – 1,70 m
    Colors Allowes: Bay, Dapple, Chestnut, solid colours. Overo and Grullo are accepted, but rare
    Temperament: Active, energetic and docile character, its racial characteristic is defined by its rusticity, longevity, fertility, resistance, courage, power of recovery and aptitude for cattle work
    Uses: it is used in all kinds of equestrian competitions
    Registry by: Asociacion Argentina de Fomento Equino

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