Andalusian Horse Breed Profile
History Of The Andalusian Horse
The Andalusian horse originates from the rugged, hilly areas of the Iberian Peninsula and is one of the most ancient horse breeds. The Andalusian horse was developed in Southern Spain and although Andalusian horses were originally highly regarded as a cavalry horse due to their agility and courage they became less favoured as a war horse when knights were heavily armoured and required heavier horses to carry them. However, Andalusian horses gained popularity again amongst cavalries with the introduction of firearms when a fast, agile horse was needed.
During the Renaissance grand riding academies were formed across Europe where dressage and high school riding evolved and Andalusian horses were popular due to their agility, impulsion and natural balance. In Spain, Andalusian horses were also the mounts of bull fighters.
In Spain Andalusian horses are known as the Pure Spanish Horse or PRE (Pura Raza Española) and PRE horses are registered in the Spanish Stud Book maintained by the Military and Government of Spain.
The Andalusian horse has been used in the development of many other horse breeds around the world including the Lippizaner.
Height Of The Andalusian Horse
The Andalusian horse stands 15.2 to 16.2 hh.
Colour Of The Andalusian Horse
Andalusian horses are most often grey but other colours such as bay, chestnut, black, palomino, dun also exist.
Breed Characteristics Of The Andalusian Horse
The Andalusian horse has a long head with broad forehead and convex profile, long arched neck, abundant mane, short body with powerful hindquarters and strong fine legs. They have a high knee action and are short striding with great presence.
Temperament Of The Andalusian Horse
The Andalusian horse is intelligent, docile and calm.
Uses Of The Andalusian Horse
The Andalusian horse is used as a general riding horse, for bull fighting, dressage, classical riding and high school work.