Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)

What is a "Classical" Andalusian* Horse?

The classical Andalusian cannot be confused with any other breed. He is recognized by his impressive headset, large arched neck, long flowing mane and tail, low tail set, and compact round body. The high knee action derived from eons of development in the low marshes of Spain and rocky hillsides has been altered into a more extended movement to suit modern-day breeders. This classical horse is being used successfully in dressage competitions up to Grand Prix and Olympic level.

Why are they Called the Most "Noble" of Horses?

Andalusian horses, even the stallions, portray a generous, kind character. They are known for their nobility and intelligence without displaying nervousness. Exciting to ride, you will feel as if you have an 8-cylinder engine of raw power beneath you, but you won't be frightened.

What is a Baroque Type Andalusian Horse?

When purchasing a purebred Spanish horse for riding or breeding purposes, you must decide which type of animal you are looking for -- the baroque, the baroque-functional, or a modern show horse. This is a matter of your personal taste and depends on what the horse is going to be used for. If you love the idea of riding on the trails aboard the back of a beautiful, comfortable, historical horse which reminds people of the horses in Medieval paintings - then the baroque or baroque-functional horse will suit you just fine.

If you're striving to breed for the dressage community AND register your horses with the Cria Caballar, then your horse must have longer movements but he must also retain many of the baroque features. If you're into sports, just plain riding, and competition at all levels of showing, then a modern show type horse might suit you.

Can you Make Money Breeding Andalusian Horses?

Breeding Andalusians is one way to recoup some of your investment in the animal or to just enjoy raising one of your own. Breeding this horse demands that you study his origins from Spain and consult with people who ride and work daily with the horse.

Why Are There So Many White Andalusians?

You will find that the traditional color of the horse is white or grey - with foals being born with a dark coat. Bay and black horses are becoming more popular and can be more expensive. Chestnuts were not always accepted into the Spanish Stud Book but are commonly found in Spain and are an accepted color in the Lusitano Studbook.

Where did the Andalusian Get So Much Hair?

The Spanish horse is known for his long flowing mane and tail. Many people at first are awed at the sight of a full mane - just remember that you don't ride the mane, other conformational points are more important. Brood-mares and young stock have their manes clipped if the owner follows strict tradition (or lives in Spain). Don't feel embarrassed to ask the owner why, you'll probably get a nice answer if you ask for more details.

What is Revision?

All PRE horses will have an official Birth Certificate (the baby papers). At three or four years old, both mares and stallions are judged by Spanish members of the official "Comisión de Valoración" grading committee and can be declared as "apto" approved for breeding purposes if they pass the inspection.

Are there Other Iberian Horse Types?

Many people refer to an animal that has the looks of an Andalusian as the Iberian Type Horse. These may be crossbreds or horses without the recognized breeding certificate. These animals are ridden widely in Spain and can be almost any color including palomino and paint.

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