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The Annual Round Up of Spain's Marsh Mares

October 2017 by Associate Professor Kirrilly Thompson, PhD (Social Sciences), CQUni Appleton Institute, South Australia

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The Doñana National Park in Huelva province in southern Spain is one of Europe’s most important wetland areas. Listed as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1994, it is a haven for fauna, such as the Imperial Eagle and the Pardel Lynx. 

However, for as long as human memory serves, horses have also been living in the marshlands: los caballos marismeños. The horses that Christopher Columbus took with him on his expeditions to America from 1492 are widely believed to have been marsh horses and many people believe they formed the base stock of the modern American Quarter Horse.