The Salerno is spirited and lively, but has a level, tractable nature. it requires careful handling, but is not normally difficult or unduly sensitive. The Salerno is almost exclusively used as a leisure and competition horse because of its excellent jumping ability. It is also being used as the foundation for Italy's new modern sports horse breed, the Italian Saddle Horse. The Salerno resembles a middle weight Thoroughbred horse. The legs are hard, but with stronger feet than found in many Thoroughbreds. The Salerno was established in its modern form by the middle of the 20th century. It was a favored mount of the Italian cavalry for the sports of cross country riding and show jumping. Salerno horses stand about 16 hands high.
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