Breed Profile

Andalusian and Lusitano horses, although first depicted in cave paintings dating back 25,000 years, will change your life today if given the opportunity. These incredible equine athletes, originating from the Iberian Peninsula, have been intensely and selectively bred for centuries for their bravery, agility, speed, courage, durability, and devotion to humans. The International Andalusian and Lusitano Horse Association accurately states that, "The greatest horsemen in history, including the Greeks, the Romans, and the classical riding masters of the Baroque schools have long recognized the horse of the Iberian Peninsula as the premier riding horse."

Throughout the ages, the strict selection criteria imposed by the Iberian breeders have created the ultimate riding and performance horse that is currently internationally renowned for its superior performance as dressage, eventing, reining, show jumping, cutting, carriage, Doma Vaquera, and Working Equitation horses. From the Olympics to your back yard, the Andalusian and Lusitano horse, with its trusting and kind disposition, lends itself to forging a strong partnership with its human, often elevating the communication and accomplishments of both to a level previously thought unattainable.

The Andalusian and Lusitano horse represents a lot more than big hair, cave renderings, international acclaim, and starring movie roles. Perhaps the Duke of Newcastle in 1667 summed it up best: "He is the noblest horse in the world, the most beautiful that can be. He is of great spirit and of great courage and docile; hath the proudest trot and the best action on his trot, the loftiest gallop and is the lovingest and gentlest horse, and the fittest of all for a king in his day of triumph."

The Andalusian and Lusitano horse, incredible in its own right, crosses amazingly well with all modern breeds. As one of the world's first purebred horses, it is also one of the best for passing on its ancient selection criteria to enhance and complement characteristics of all other breeds. Half Andalusian, Andalusian and Lusitano horses are offered a myriad of opportunities within the registry to include, but not limited to, worldwide attention in jumping, reining, dressage, eventing, driving, and more.

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