Historical Sayings

by Donna DeYoung

Equine History and Spanish Pride about their Horses

According to some Spaniards and authors the Spanish horse, or Andalusian, evolved on the Iberian Peninsula and is a direct ancestor of horses originating there in Paleolithic times. It shouldn’t surprise you that Spaniards have an intense pride for their Andalusian horses and give no credit to other breed influences.

This pride is reflected in their heritage and in the way they talk about their Spanish horses on websites such as "Horse Sense" which quoted:

"An Andalusian man without his horse is like a matador without a cape. He feels stripped of an essential part of his identity that has been formed over the centuries. It is part of his life, his work, his status, his culture, his earthly possessions ... his horse is central to his very being."

The Historical Spanish Horse

The Purebred Spanish Horse was mentioned in the writings of Homer and Xenophon. He was the war horse of the Carthaginians, Romans, Moors and Conquistadors of Mexico. This horse's bloodlines founded the American Quarter Horse, Appaloosa, Cleveland Bay, Connemara and many others.

Mounted on these Spanish Andalusians, like Cid Campeador's (El Cid's) Babieca, the Christian horsemen battled against the Arabs in the Reconquest. The Conquistadors on their Spanish Horses were seen as Centaurs, so at one were they with their horses during the conquest of Mexico and Peru.

Historical Sayings about the Andalusian

A Classical Master, the Duke of Newcastle, noted:

"Spanish Horses are the most intelligent, the most handsome and the most noble in all the world . . having too good a memory; because it uses this to govern itself and to anticipate the will of the rider."

Madame de la Guérinière, praised as one of the supreme masters of classical equitation of all times, whose methods are applied unaltered at the Spanish Riding School, Vienna and may be seen there in daily use, declared:

"The Spanish Horse is better than any other horse because of its agility, its resilience and the distension of its rhythmic movements ... the best of all horses for the manége, by reason of their agility, their strength and the natural cadence of their gait; and for war on a day of battle because of their courage and obedience." 

In the beginning of the 17th century, La Brune said "The Spanish Horse was the most worthy to be mounted by a King". 

Gayot, towards the end of the 19th century assured that the Spanish Horse was called "the pure blood of other times," for its magnificent shape and its suitability.

Lady Wentworth, family member of the famous Crabett Arabians, stated "The Spanish Andalusian appears to be descended from prehistoric stock". It’s highly likely that the Spanish horse ancestor was well established several thousand years before the introduction of the Barb and Arabian horses.

The Spanish Andalusian Appears to be Descended from Prehistoric Stock

Spanish author Salvador Sanchez Barbudo (L.I.M.P.R.E.) said that prehistoric characteristics show up in the skull of the Purebred Spanish Horse.

"The skull is the most conservative part of the skeleton and is regarded as the single most constant hereditary characteristic of the breed. Zootechnic experts from the Cordoba School categorically state that the profile of the Andalusian-Spanish horse corresponds to the type of the E.C. Przewalkski."

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