Andalusian



About the Breed

The Spanish region of Andalusia is the origin of the Andalusian and also it's namesake. The breed is descended from the Iberian Horses who have been present on the Iberian Peninsula as far back as 20,000 to 30,000 BCE. The breed is a foundation for many other breeds, included but not limited to, the Peruvian Paso, Lippizzaner, Azteca, and many other world breeds.

At one point and time the Andalusian was so rare that the Spanish government placed a ban on exporting the breed to prevent total extinction. This lasted for over 100 years until the ban was lifted in the 1960's. In October of 1964 the first Andalusian arrived in America.

The Andalusian was originally bred for ranch work and bull fighting, but have broadened their scope of abilities in modern times. They have been making marks predominately in the dressage world due to their special ability to bring their haunches far underneath their body to elevate the forehand. This helps them excel in dressage specific movements such as a piaffe or passage. They are a very athletic, intelligent, and versatile breed which helps them master other disciplines as well. When treated with respect they are quick and eager to learn, and have been seen mastering show jumping, western pleasure, driving, and everything in between.





Quick Facts

Height: 14.3 - 16.2 hands

Weight: 900 - 1130 pounds

Coat Colors: Gray or bay are the most common, occasionally black, dun, palomino, or chestnut.

Markings: Dapple; Dapple with black points; White face and lower leg markings.

Conformation: They have a strong and elegant build. A finely sculptured head; elegant arched neck with a well developed crest, and a broad chest. They have a short back, defined withers, strong hindquarters and a thick mane and tail.

Common Uses: Dressage, Show Jumping, Western Pleasure, and Driving

Temperament: Athletic, Docile, Sensitive, and Intelligent

Place of Origin: Iberian Peninsula





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