Breeders: Andalusian Horse

Native to the Iberian peninsula, the Andalusian is an ancient horse breed that has existed for thousands of years. A popular breed among Spanish nobility, the Andalusian was historically used as a war horse, and was often given as a gift in order to aid Spanish diplomacy. Strong, agile, and intelligent, Andalusians were historically used as stock horses and for cart driving. Today they are used in a variety of equestrian events such as dressage and jumping, and have appeared in a number of Hollywood films.

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Andalusian horses are elegant and strongly built. Members of the breed have heads of medium length, with a straight or slightly convex profile. Ultra convex and concave profiles are discouraged in the breed, and are penalized in breed shows. Necks are long and broad, running to well-defined withers and a massive chest. They have a short back and broad, strong hindquarters with a well-rounded croup. The breed tends to have clean legs, with no propensity for blemishes or injuries, and energetic gaits. The mane and tail are thick and long, but the legs do not have excess feathering. Andalusians tend to be docile, while remaining intelligent and sensitive. When treated with respect they are quick to learn, responsive, and cooperative.
There are nearly 3,000 Andalusian horses in the United States. The Andalusian is one of the rarest breeds in the United States. Nearly half of the Andalusian population is in California (900) and Texas (450). The other 48 states have less than 100 Andalusians each. This is why many Americans have never seen an Andalusian. The andalusian is rare not only in the United States, but worldwide. There are less than 20,000 Andalusians in the entire world.
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The Andalusian is gaining popularity rapidly. The Andalusian was originally bred to be a cavalry horse and for high-school riding. In Spain, the Andalusian is used in bullrings and spanish fesivals. The agility and wonderful paces of this breed made it perfect for the demands of the “Rejoneadoes” (mounted bullfighters). In the United States, the Andalusian is gaining popularity in dressage and show jumping.
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Sources:
http://horses.petbreeds.com/l/86/Andalusian
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andalusian_horse
http://www.equusite.com/articles/breed/breedAndalusianInfo.shtm
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