Andalusian Horse; Source: Pixabay.com Lusitania have narrow, well proportioned heads with a slightly convex profile. They are elegant and strongly built, with medium length heads whose profiles should be straight or very slightly convex.
There is a balance of roundness and forward movement, and they are extremely agile and well known for learning difficult moves, such as turns on the haunches and advanced collection, with great ease. Along with that, it has generations of bravery bred into it, and a propensity to remain calm under pressure, so they are generally excellent horses for just about anything.
Lusitania are also known for their warm, affectionate natures, which make them ideal for a long term riding partnership. This intelligence and docility makes it easy for their riders to bond with them, and they develop close relationships with people.
The more recent ancestors of the Distant were used for driving, bullfighting on horseback and classical dressage, and while they are still used in a form of bullfighting today (a form where the bull is not killed, and every effort is made to ensure the horse is not injured), they are becoming increasingly popular in the driving world. Throughout their history they have been prized as war horses, because of their remarkable strength and stamina, and their great speed and willing natures.
In the old days of peace they were used as stock horses, partly due to their calm natures and ability to deal with the aggressive Iberian bulls. She is a mom of three who spends all her free time with her family and friends, her mare Joy, or just sipping her favorite cup of tea.
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The Andalusian was bred principally by Cartesian Monks in the late Middle Ages. Every purebred Andalusian / Luciano today can trace its lineage directly to the Stud Books of Spain and Portugal.
This regimented and selective breeding program kept the Andalusian exclusively in the Iberian Peninsula region, with no horses being exported until 1962. The typical Andalusian stands between 15.2 and 16.2 hands with a very powerful yet elegant build.
Because of its train ability, lightness, and athleticism, the Andalusian excels in all disciplines of riding and driving, including an array of classes in halter, driving, hunt seat, saddle seat, dressage, Western pleasure, equitation, showmanship and working equitation. This majestic and rare “Horse of Kings,” is enjoying increasing recognition and acclaim in international dressage competition, and the Andalusian breed continues to grow and increase in popularity here in the United States.
It holds true to the long and glorious history of the breed and acknowledges the original Andalusian bloodlines, which include horses from both Spain and Portugal. The Alpha maintains a registry for Purebred Andalusian's (Pure Spanish Horses and Lusitania) and Half-Andalusians, publishes a magazine about them, provides shows for them, and generally promotes their unique qualities to the world.
They have since split their studbooks are breed for slightly different things, but they are still very similar in build and personality. As in most “Rejoneadores” Able de Mendoza uses Luciano or Andalusian horses, or a cross of the two breeds, although distinct, very much same tree.
The Andalusian is the historical horse of the Iberian Peninsula dating back 25,000 years. The Alpha Purebred Andalusian registry accepts the three bloodlines known today as Spanish or Cabal lo Pure Gaza EspañOLA (PRE), Portuguese or Naval Pro Single Luciano (PSL), and a union of both known as the Spanish/Portuguese (S/P) for registry as an Andalusian.
The (S) designation within the Alpha indicates a Purebred Andalusian whose ancestry traces strictly to the Spanish Stud Book, where they are called PRE. The (P) designation within the Alpha indicates a Purebred Andalusian whose ancestry traces strictly to the Portuguese Stud Book, where they are called Luciano.
The (S/P) designation within the Alpha indicates a Purebred Andalusian whose ancestry traces to both the Spanish and Portuguese Stud Books. Spain and Portugal used to share studbooks, but strife within the industry caused them to split their studbooks in the 1960s, which resulted in two separate breeds, the Pure Gaza Espinoza (more commonly referred to in the United States as the Andalusian) in Spain and the Luciano in Portugal.
Mustangs are feral horses that escaped or were set free back when they were first reintroduced to the USA. The escaped horses mostly of Iberian (Luciano, Sorry, and Andalusian, Jennet) Bloodlines formed herds and continued to breed.
(even then there are questions concerning the “truth” of these papers) due to the age of the records of breeding and births. Answer 2: Well in Mexico the cross of Andalusian /Quarter horse camp; Criollo is called an Aztec.
A gained horse The Pass Fine (Fine Step in Spanish.) They are a mix of Spanish Jennet (extinct) Andalusian / Luciano and possible some other breeds.
To a dedicated amateur rider these horses may look like an easy way to a professional career. Truth be told, many of these horses belong in the hands of professional riders.
As we know in humans, inbreeding can cause a range of physical and psychological problems in the child. This in combination with a high level of agility could be a potential death trap for an inexperienced rider.
The Spanish horse has been a working animal for centuries and has always been bred to be social and cooperative with the human. Even if we chose a hotter, more sensitive PRE for performance sport, the basic character and predictability is still there.
Can you have Performance and movement in combination with safety and good character? Northern European Warm blood: From the start engineered to pull carriages and work farm land.
If we look at the conformation of a horse designed to pull, in short we can often see a lower set neck, a straight shoulder with a big wither, a longer back and back legs designed to push forward. This is a great horse to work in an “open shape” letting it reach forward to the bit and getting “his shoulder into it” and those back legs pushing forward (as if pulling), getting him into a good rhythm with a good cadence.
In that shape the back is following through the movement, which makes it swing up and down as the horse is reaching forward into his working position. He is big and strong and is designed to pull and requires a support and steady contact with the riders hands.
Because he has a higher degree angle in his shoulder, his front leg will take a longer stride under his body and the movement will travel more through the shoulder of the horse and up through the wither. This could give a jerky sensation for the rider if the horse is a big mover.
Then look at the Andalusian horse also pulling a cart and compare the position of front and back legs. Then look at the world champion dressage horse (amazing performance BTW) at WEG and look at his front leg position in the extended trot.
Andalusian : From the beginning bred and used as a “war horse” adapted to carrying a rider in arms to battle. To be able to turn on his haunches in a millisecond to face an opponent or to sprint away from the danger to protect his rider.
This means that it’s easier for the Andalusian to tuck his bum in and lift his own back and the rider up. Because of it being no effort for him to carry a rider in this position, he will naturally work with more suspension, and he will feel softer to sit on.
When a horse is working in this collected higher position with the rider he will feel lighter in the hand and softer to sit on. The Spanish horse was from the beginning designed to carry a rider, and to collect.
The northern European horses were designed to pull a cart, even though they have been modernized a lot since then. The content of this is that it’s probably easier to find a PRE horse that will be light in the hand and comfortable to sit due to the above stated.
Unlike a warm blood who will put you on the floor of the arena if he is unhappy, if the Spanish horse hurts he will not tell you. Owning a PRE horse is therefore a big responsibility for you as his “guardian” because he doesn’t have the “heart” to tell you if he is not feeling well.
You need to learn to read him and understand him so that you know when to stop the training and when he is tired. They learn quick, and they are focused and levelheaded to be able to endure the stress during a film set.
It’s that combination of “Corazón” and intelligence that makes them feel like they have a human soul. In a movie set there is only a short time of action, the rest of the time is spent waiting around, whilst people, cameras, lifts and all sorts of funny stuff is right next to you and around you.