The main coat colors found in the Messara horse are bay, brown (a variation of bay), black, and gray. They usually stand between 12.2 and 14 hands high (50 and 56 inches, 127 and 142 cm). The Messara horses retain some characteristics of their Arabian ancestors.
These Greek horses are noted for their gentle nature and are characterized by their characteristic pacing gait. They have a small but strong and powerful build and are raced annually on the island of Crete.