The Purebred Spanish Horse (PRE) is the most outstanding of all Spanish horse breeds. It is also known as the Andalusian horse because the first stud farms of this breed were in Andalusia.
At Equspaddock, as specialists in horse competition equipment and true lovers of this animal, we talk more in detail about this beautiful and appreciated horse. If you are interested in knowing more about the Andalusian breed, read this article.
Origin and history of Purebred Spanish Horses
Purebred Spanish horses, also known as Andalusian horses, are one of the oldest and most prestigious equine breeds in the world. Their origin dates back to Roman times, when they were used for military and leisure purposes.
Throughout history, they have been appreciated for their beauty, intelligence, nobility and versatility, and have been used in various equestrian disciplines such as dressage, rejoneo, harness riding and high school.
Physical and psychological characteristics of Purebred Spanish
Purebred Spanish horses are characterised by a mesomorphic type (powerful and compact), with a height at the withers of about 160 cm and a weight of 570 kg. Their fur(coats) are mainly brown, chestnut and black, the black specimens being the most sought
His head is straight or sub-concave in profile, with expressive eyes and small ears. Its neck is long and arched, with an abundant mane. His back is short and strong, his croup rounded and his tail bushy. Its limbs are fine and muscular, with hard hooves and small
This Andalusian breed is highly prized for its balanced temperament, ease of learning, and adaptability. They are very sociable, loyal, and sensitive animals, which establish a close relationship with their riders. In addition, these horses are very agile, elegant and expressive
in their movements, which makes them stand out in equestrian competitions.
Breeding and promotion of purebred Spanish horses
The breeding and promotion of Purebred Spanish Horses is regulated by the National Association of Purebred Spanish Horse Breeders (ANCCE). ANCCE is in charge of the Purebred Spanish Horse Stud Book (the breed's registration book) and the annual
organization of the International Horse Show (SICAB), which has been held in Seville since 1991. SICAB is the most important event in the world dedicated to the Purebred Spanish Horse, where the best specimens of the breed are exhibited, morphological and functional
competitions are held, equestrian shows are offered and the marketing and internationalization of genetic material is promoted.
Purebred Spanish horses as cultural heritage
Purebred Spanish horses are a source of pride for Spain and a cultural heritage that must be preserved and disseminated. Their history, beauty, and nobility make them unique and unrepeatable animals. And, without a doubt, they are among the most appreciated by horse
Purebred Spanish horses as cultural heritage
Purebred Spanish horses are a source of pride for Spain and a cultural heritage that must be preserved and disseminated. Their history, beauty, and nobility make them unique and unrepeatable animals. And, without a doubt, they are among the most appreciated by equine
Purebred Spanish Horses in some equestrian disciplines
Thanks to their intelligence, temperament and learning ability, the purebred Spanish horse is ideal for participating in different equestrian disciplines both nationally and internationally, and can obtain very good results. Some of the competitions where it can stand out the most
Purebred Spanish Horses and dressage
This is one of the most popular and practiced disciplines around the world. Andalusian horses (PRE) are highly appreciated for their balanced temperament, their ease of learning and their ability to adapt. They are also very agile, elegant and expressive in their
movements, which makes them stand out in equestrian dressage competitions.
Purebred Spanish Horses and Doma Vaquera
This is a typically Spanish discipline based on the handling of cattle with the horse. In this case, this Spanish breed is ideal for its intelligence, nobility and versatility. Doma vaquera requires the horse to be able to perform turns, changes of pace, stops and starts with speed
Purebred Spanish horses and harness
This is a discipline that consists of driving a vehicle pulled by one or more horses. This breed is very suitable for this discipline due to its strength, endurance and obedience. Harnessing involves good communication between the driver and the horses, as well as coordination
between the different components of the team.
Purebred Spanish horses and working equitation
This is a discipline that encompasses the skills necessary for working with cattle and horses in the countryside. Horses known as Andalusian horses are very suitable for this discipline due to their docility, courage and agility. Working equitation includes tests of cattle handling,
natural obstacles and dressage.
Andalusian horse, the most outstanding of the Spanish breeds
Purebred Spanish horses, also called Andalusian horses, are among the most relevant in many equestrian competitions. The ones mentioned above are just some of the disciplines in which they can participate and excel. However, there are also others such as eventing, raid,
volteo or horseball in which they can demonstrate their qualities, as they are very versatile and versatile animals that adapt to any type of equestrian activity.
We hope you have got to know the Andalusian horse a little bit better! If you are interested in knowing more about any other breed, you can discover them all here.