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Shagya Arabian HORSE STATS

Country of Origin: Hungary
Use today: Shagyas excel in endurance, dressage and jumping events. They are also used for driving and as general riding horses.
Color: Gray is the most common color, but Shagyas are also found in bay, chestnut and black.
Height: 15 to 16 hands

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Shagya Arabian HORSE PROFILE

Profile: The Shagya Arabian takes its name from the breed's founding sire, Shagya, a dapple gray foaled in 1810. The breed was developed in the Austro-Hungarian empire of the 1800s to fill the need for a larger, sturdier riding horse while maintaining the endurance and intelligence of the Arabian. In 1947, General Patton brought the first Shagyas, Pilot and Gazall II, to America. Their offspring Bravo is considered the foundation sire of the Shagya in North America.

Characteristics: Shagyas share the high tail carriage and endurance of the purebred Arabian, but they tend to be taller and bigger-boned. The breed standard requires that cannon bones be no shorter than 7 inches.

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