About Spanish Barb Horses
Spanish Barb horses originated in America. They are a cross
between Barb and Andalusian horses. They are known to be extremely resilient,
good riders, and possess an immaculate cow sense. Andalusian ancestry has given
them good conformation and responsiveness.
They average in the range of 13.3 to 15 hands high. They are
found in bay, dark bay, and black, with grays appearing because of Andalusian
influence. Their head is narrow and refined with a convex profile, their neck
is arched and their withers pronounced. Their thick body is indicative of its staying
power, although they have thin legs, that are not. Overall, they are an elegant
mix of the Andalusian and Barb horses.
In recent years the International Association for the
Preservation of the 16th Century Spanish Barb has been formed. Today, a herd is
kept by the Association, although it is believed there are only about 250
horses in the United States.
Thanks to the efforts of Susan Field-Paulton the Spanish
Barb continues to exist as a breed. Her interests in preserving the breed began
in 1957 when the horses were virtually gone from the American landscape. With
the use of one strong stallion, Scarface, the breed has been built up to the
herd of around 250 that exists today.