We continue our Meet Our Breeds series this week with Norway the Andalusian stallion. He is one of our most popular models, as the striking gray showing off the red and yellow English bridle that so often catches attention on social media.
The Andalusian has a royal history, as one of the breeds sought after by Spanish and Portuguese royalty after tracing its origins to the Iberian Peninsula.
The stout nature of the horse gave it the strength for high level dressage as well as durability for use by cavalries, which was a popular outlet for them through the 1700s.
As with so many breeds, Andalusian numbers dwindled in the early 1900s. In the United States, low numbers were partly due to tight import restrictions, which were in place until the 1960s, but the breed has since spread. According to one 2010 study, there were around 185,000 registered Andalusians across the world.
Andalusians are typically around 15.0 hands with thick, wavy manes and tails, with slightly convex faces, with compact yet substantial frames.
Andalusians are closely related to Lusitanio horses, and also had influence on the gene pools of the Lippizzaner, Friesian, Oldenburg, Hanoverian, and Holstein.
The breed is used for both driving and riding. Although it’s primarily known for its affinity for classical dressage, Andalusians are also involved with bull fighting, show jumping, and even western pleasure.
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