Working Cattle in Costa Rica

Global Horse Culture Archive on March 1, 2008, 16:22

Here's a working cowboy's horse in Costa Rica.  Called Criollos, these horses are not typically attractive, but are sure-footed, hardy, tireless, smart and pleasant-tempered. Gray, chestnut and sabino (on a bay, black or chestnut base) seem to be popular colors. The Criollo is a small, compact, narrow horse with characteristics of Barb and Spanish Jennet ancestry - long often convex nose, narrow head and body when viewed from front, sloping croup and low set tail. They are invariably gaited, being ridden at an running walk or amble most of the time, with short bursts of speed when