This entry was contributed to Wild Equus by Dr. Jose Luis Canelon of the Catedra Caballo Criollo Venezolano, member and specialist of the Wild Equus Network (WEN).
Species: Equus caballus
Subspecies/Breed/Type: Creole type
Region/Province/Range: Apure. Merida
Population type: Feral and semi feral herds
Estimated Population size: about 400 horses (2015)
Management Authority: Catedra Caballo Criollo Venezolano
Management Practices: Population Management Strategy is urgently needed to curb genetic erosion
Details of Population
The Venezuelan Creole may be found scattered throughout the country with the highest concentration of individuals in the area of the Llanos (200 meters above sea level) and in the Andean region Sierra Nevada National Park (4,000 meters above sea level) with completely different and extreme geographies. The Llanos had a very dry season for a few months and other season of heavy rains. In the Andean region there are occasional snow and low temperatures regularly.
We have two different groups one completely feral and another semi-feral. the features are typical of the other Creoles. Straight or sub-convex profile, height 1,32-1,49 meters, nostrils in inverted comma, very straight and strong back. Low insertion tail, inclined croup.It is characterized by its hardiness and livestock sense. fully adapted to the environment.
Structure and demographics
Issues worth noting and needed action
In urgent need of special goverment protection to stop genetic erosion.