Equidae

Morphology

Weight
from 400 to 500 kg
Height
from 1.45 m to 1.55 m
Length

Classification

Classe
Mammals
Family
Equidae
Equus cabalus
 

DIET

They mainly feed on protein, oats, barley and corn.
 

reproduction - lifespan

The Merens horse reaches sexual maturity at 18 months for males and 2 years for females. 
The period of reproduction extends from February to July.
Following a gestation period of 11 months, the female gives birth to a single foal.
The Mérens horse can live until the age of 30.
 

numbers

Close to distinction in the 1970s, the number of Mérens horses, in Ariège then across its entire territory, as well as in many European countries, has significantly increased.
The breed seems to have levelled out at around 500 births per year.
The Mérens horse must be purebred.
Over 500 breeders and users belong to SHERPA France, national association for Mérens, in France.
 

did you know ?

For many years used for small-scale agricultural work, the Merens became the ultimate multi-purpose horse.
It is mainly used for outdoor riding and treks.
The Merens is equally gifted in the harness and trick riding.
The Merens has gained excellent results in riding therapy, and many specialized centres have adopted it.