Through centuries of selective breeding, the Andalusian horse has developed exceptional athleticism and stamina. Hence, it is regarded as the first European “warmblood” – a combination of heavy European and lighter Oriental horses. The Andalusian horses are technically not warmbloods.
What is considered a warmblood horse?
A warmblood horse is an athletic horse derived by crossbreeding cold large draft breeds with smaller, quicker hot horse breeds. They typically exhibit a calm temperament inherited from the cold-blooded breeds and their hot-blooded ancestors’ athletic ability.
Are Andalusian horses gaited?
Andalusian horses are not technically considered naturally gaited horses, such as the Tennessee Walking Horse or Paso Fino. However, the horse’s movement is smooth and lively; they extend and elevate in a walk and trot. Their action is cadenced and harmonious but not gaited.
What is a thoroughbred Andalusian Cross called?
The Azteca is one of the most popular Andalusian crosses. Today one of the most sought after horses is the perfect trail companion.
Why are Andalusian horses so expensive?
As the Andalusian is a representative of PRE – Pura Raza Española, the prices are usually influenced by three factors: correct conformation, quality of movement and typiness, which were introduced by judges at the Conformation Shows for Pure Breed Spanish horses.
Can Andalusian horses jump?
Andalusians have powerful hindquarters and can jump extremely well. The famed Andalusian, Novilheiro, was a very successful Grand Prix showjumper who excelled in Grand Prix dressage. Even with the scattering successes of some Andalusian horses, they aren’t well respected for their showjumping ability.
What are Andalusian horses like to ride?
They are light, responsive and forward going, enjoy their work and like being with people. These are not the average riding school or trail horse, but well bred and schooled horses, responsive and fun to ride.