Andalusian: The Andalusian horse or Spanish horse is one of the oldest breeds of horses in the world today. Archaeological evidence in the Iberian Peninsula, modern day Spain and Portugal, indicates that the origins of the Iberian Horse date back to at least 25,000 B.C. It is also known as the Pura Raza in most countries because of the work done by the Spanish studbook in promoting the pure bred horses around the world. It is one of the two sub-breeds of the Iberian horses, and extremely similar to the closely related Lusitano breed.
This breed has been used for all manner of riding horses, and were the preferred mount of kings over many centuries.
During the Renaissance, the great Classical Riding Academies took an interest in the breed. Because of this breeds agility and natural balance it excelled in Dressage performed in many courts of the day.
Approximately 80% of these spanish horses are gray, 15% Bay, 5% black. Their classic profile is slightly convex and is an appealing feature, which balances well with their graceful, yet substantial bodies.
Their thick and bountiful mane flows from an elegant, well-arched neck. Their powerful rear quarters are complemented by a long, flowing tail. The breed has a natural balance, collection, impulsion, and agility making the breed an all around athlete. They are highly intelligent and learn very quickly. Crossbreds are popular as sport horses in many countries.