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rnrnThe modern day Pure Spanish Horse is derived from very ancientrnhorses whose body shapes are depicted in cave drawings from at least 5000 BC inrnboth north-eastern and southern regions of Spain. Eventually predominating in thernsouthern province of Andalucia, they became known as Andalusian horses. However,rnthe authorities of the Spanish stud book now prefer them to be known as Pura RazarnEspañola (P.R.E.) or Pure Spanish Horse. There are about 45,000 world-wide.

rnrnAndalusian horses are a very beautiful aristocratic horse, withrna lovely arched neck held uprightly on a strong, compact body. The cannons (lowerrnlegs) are short and sturdy. It has a long thick mane and tail, and the predominantlyrngrey or bay coat has a natural glistening sheen to it. The height varies from 15rnto 17 hands (152 to 173 centimeters).

rnrnThey have a lovely rocking canter and such stamina that its forbearsrnwere reputed to be able to carry a fully armored Spanish soldier for 40 miles (64rnkilometers) in a day. Rounded (collected) leg action, a natural athleticism andrnhigh intelligence make them able to master high school dressage movements easily.rnFor this reason they are also known as "The Dancing Horses". Powerful hindquartersrnand natural balance make them very good and stylish show jumpers too. Their versatility,rnstrength and responsiveness lends to their ability at many riding and harness drivingrndisciplines including Western riding, trail riding, bull fighting, making movies,rnand plain old hacking!

rnrnAndalusians were in the company of Hannibal and his elephants,rnand ridden as cavalry horses since the time of the ancient Greeks, but lost favorrnduring the Middle Ages because heavily armored knights required much larger, morernsolid horses for battle. With the invention of firearms in the 1500s, the fortunesrnof the Andalusian horses turned and they were once again used in the military. Byrnroyal decree of King Felipe II the horse was standardized between 1567-1593 andrnbred selectively to his ideal represented by the horse of today.

rnrnWith its regal bearing and sociable, kind, and respectful temperamentrnthis horse was a favorite of European royalty and it became known as "The Horsernof Kings". Many art forms show them being ridden by famous people - the greatnessrnof the rider being accentuated by the stunning presence of the mount! However, withrnless ostentatious display from royal houses during the 1800s Andalusian horses numbersrnbegan to fall.


rnrnAndalusian horses are a contributor to many other modern breedsrnin both the Old and New Worlds. They were taken along with other breeds by the SpanishrnConquistadores to the Americas from the early 1490s. As the Conquistadores werernmainly from Andalucía, the breeds transported were from there as well, and includedrnthe Spanish Jennet (a gaited horse) and the Barb. The mixing of these horses developedrninto many new breeds within varying geographical areas of the New World. The followingrnare but a few breeds descended from Spanish horse stock: the Criollo of Argentina,rnPeruvian Paso, Paso Fino of Puerto Rico and Colombia, Mustang (Spanish ColonialrnHorse) of the American mid and western areas, Native American Appaloosa and thernQuarter Horse. In the Old World, in 1580 they became the foundation of the Lipizzaner,rnand at least since the 1600s they were used in the development of the Hanoverian,rnHolsteiner, Kladruber, Lusitano, Alter Real, Friesians, Oldenburg – and the EnglishrnThoroughbred!

rnrnSource: New Zealand Rare Breeds (www.rarebreeds.co.nz )

Andalusian Horses Associations


International Andalusian & Lusitano Horse Association International Andalusian & Lusitano Horse Association - www.ialha.org


The Performance Horse Registry The Performance Horse Registry - www.usef.org


The United States Hunter Jumper Association The United States Hunter Jumper Association - www.ushja.org


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