History of the Andalusian Horse

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The mighty Andalusian horse dates way back to prehistoric times.  There have been discoveries of ancient paintings in caves that date all the way back to 20,000 - 30,000 B.C.  Many believe these ancient horses are the very foundation of the modern Andalusian horse breed.

 

However, hundreds of years of selective breeding done by many different cultures in Spanish history evolved the breed into its current standard.  In time, it became known as one of the top horse breeds for military use, and was used by many different cultures by some of the greatest warriors in the history of mankind.  This is how it got the name "Iberian War Horse."

The Andalusian, or Iberian horse has played a key role in many points in history, and has shown up many times in literature throughout time.  In fact, Homer even mentiones them in the infamous Illiad, written roughly around 1,000 B.C.

 

It's role in important military battles earned it the distinction of being the "royal horse of Europe" and was therefore always present in royal court.  In 1667, the Duke of Newcastle wrote “it is the noblest horse in the world, the most beautiful that can be."

 

While the use of horses in the military waned over the years, peoples love for the Andalusian has not.  It's intelligence and power makes it a great choice for many different activities, such as dressage, jumping and driving.  It is also widely used as an exhibition and parade horse.

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