Equestrian statues come to life in Rome

Michelanglo's statue of Marcus Aurelius, sculpted in the 1530s, features a horse with "a strong build, a broad chest, thick manes and tails, and robust legs," the same characteristics of modern Maremmano horses, believed to have descended from the emperors' mounts.

The Maremmano horses are still in existence in the Lazio region arund Rome, and they are about to be recognized as a unique breed by the Association of Italian Breeders.