The Andalusian is a very ancient and rare breed dating back 25,000 years. The Andalusian evolved in the hilly and rugged area of the Iberian Peninsula (Spain). Fighting for survival and grazing over this rough terrain led to the development of a horse with strong, arched neck, and short coupled and powerful body, hind legs positioned well underneath the body with strong hock action and impulsion, a natural ability for collection and small hooves.
These attributes made the Andalusians agile and forward moving. These horses were regarded as the war horses without equal. Homer mentions the Andalusian in the Iliad written about 1,100 BC. The Andalusian became "the royal horse of Europe" present at every royal court. Grand riding academies were formed all across Europe including Austria, France, Italy, Germany, and the greatest of all, in Spain. It was in these academies where dressage and high school riding began and flourished. The Andalusian horse was the favored mount in these academies because of their impulsion, forward motion, catlike agility, temperament and intelligence.
The Andalusian is a most impressive sight, with its sculptural beauty and proud bearing which for centuries have made it a favorite subject for sculptors and painters and today for Hollywood movies. The Andalusian is strongly built, yet extremely elegant. The typical Andalusian stands 15.2 to 16.2 hands. Its head is of medium length, rectangular and lean, and in profile, is strongly convex or straight with broad forehead and well-placed ears.
The eyes are large and kind, alive, oval and placed within an orbital arch. The neck is reasonably long, broad yet elegant and well-crested in stallions. The mane is thick and long well defined withers precede a short back; the quarters are broad and strong. The croup is rounded and of medium length. The tail is set low and lies tightly against the body. Our Andalusian Stud Service is designed to reproduce these qualities to create a Black Andalusian Horse For Sale and Bay Andalusian Horse for Sale.
Today the Andalusian horse displays great versatility that has, in fact, been present for centuries. They perform in competitions for Dressage, Jumping, Driving, Trail, Western Pleasure and English Pleasure. He is a parade and exhibition horse without peer. The Andalusian horse displays the ultimate in courage, agility, collection and a docile temperament. He is known as "The Horse of Kings."