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Nonius

The Nonius

The ancestor of this Hungarian warm-blooded horse breed was the Anglo-Norman Nonius, which arrived at the Hungarian State Stud in Mezöhegyes in 1815 in the form of a 5year old male, which had been looted from France during the Napoleonic Wars. These horses are still bred at the stud.

They are powerful even-tempered horses with expressive slightly convex-shaped heads, called either a ram's head or Roman nose. They are often dark brown or black in colour. The Nonius was mainly used as carriage horse, either for pulling artillery or as a farm horse.

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