Spanish Andalusian Horses

andalusian horse

 The andalusian horse has a very powerful physique packed into a fairly compact size. They have been widely sought after throughout history due to their intelligence and grace as well as their docile demeanor. The Andalusian horse is available in many different colors, though gray is the most common. This elegant yet powerful breed of horse originally came from the Iberian Peninsula, where its ancient ancestors lived for thousands of years. It was not only the 17th century that the andalusian horse was first recognized and regarded as a separate and unique horse breed.

 

Andalusian horses have been used by so many different cultures for so many different reasons, that they have been called many different names: Andalusians, Andalusian horses, pure spanish horse, or PRE ( which stands for Pura Raza Española ), Zapata, Villanos, Spanish Horse, Iberian War Horse and Iberian Saddle Horse.

 

In order to be called a PRE horse (or Purebred Spanish Horse), the horse must be entered in the central stud book in Spain. Easy to trace genealogical records are needed to prove their heritage to get into the book. Part bred spanish type horses can be known simply as Andalusian horse.

 

The purest sub strain of Andalusian horses, is known as the Carthusian and makes up only 12% of all Andalusian horses that are registered. The Carthusian pedigree is one of the oldest horse bloodlines documenet. Due to the purity and rarity of the Carthusian Andalusian, buyers will pay substantially more than for an Andalusian horse of non-Carthusian descent.

 

The andalusian horse has served many purposes over the years, from a war horse to a diplomacy tool for the Spanish government. A combination of disease, crossbreeding and war drastically reduced the population of pure spanish horses during the 1800's, an unfortunate trend that continued into the early 1900's.