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5 | Photo contributed courtesy Maria Wahlberg, Sweden. "First you have to know why there are/were so many coloured horses in Ireland: Ireland belonged to England for centuries. Ireland was very, very poor. England was colonizing a big part of the world that time. They needed good strong warhorses and took the poor Irish farmers horses. To the farmers, the horse ment everything to them... transports, cultivating etc. they could not survive without their horses. They discovered however that the English army prefered the solid horses for war (as the coloured ones was easy for enemies to spot) so they started to breed coloured horses to be able to keep them...that's why it is (was) sooo many spotted horses in Ireland." 
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