Definitions and descriptions of Andalusian Horses - registered and unregistered:
- Pura Raza Española – the Purebred Spanish Horses
- a variety of PRE-crosses
- Doma vaquera horses
Definitions and Descriptions – What and Why
We’ve started here with an overview.
As the site develops, we’ll be talking about each group individually.
Owning an Andalusian Horse is possible for anyone – that’s what this site is all about. Your individuality has an impact on which group you choose.
Buying an Andalusian Horse is simplified when you recognise the various terms used in for sale advertisements.
From Descriptions to Specific Definitions
Outside of Spain and Portugal, the term Andalusian Horse
has generally been understood to refer to the purebred and partbred horses from these two countries. In this sense it’s interchangeable with Iberian Horse
– a horse from the Iberian peninsula.
Registered Horses in Spain
Within the wider term, Andalusian Horse, are the breed registered horses. Those with a Spanish-Andalusian flavour include:
- Purebred Spanish Horses – Purebred Spanish, Pure Spanish Horse, PRE, Pura Raza Española are all terms used to describe the same specific breed - covered in detail across the site
- Half-Andalusians – cruzado, or media carta
- Hispano–Arabs – Spanish-Arabian Horse cross
A horse registered in Spain follows the same general process of registration as that discussed in Registration
of the Purebred Spanish Horse.
Other Andalusian Horses, also found in Spain
- Lusitanos – Portugal’s equivalent of the PRE. I like both the Spanish and the Portuguese horses, so I’m not going to get nationalistic about preferences. I’ll be talking about the differences that other trainer/riders and I have found in the breeds, later in the site.
Non-registered Spanish Horses.
- Andalusian-type Horses, not registered with a recognised breed registry. There are Spanish horses with varying percentages of Pura Raza Española blood in them. Many of these unregistered Spanish Horses could be taken for 100% PRE.
- Tres sangres - three-bloods, horses often used for doma vaquera. Strictly speaking, a 3-blood is Spanish-Arab-Thoroughbred, in varying proportions.
A friend who rides garrocha in the country states his preference as a horse that is 25%Spanish-75%Arab, crossed with a pure throughbred.
The performance for a vaquero is paramount, and the horses he rides are tall, athletic and intelligent.
Definitions Around the World
Various nationalAndalusian Horse Associations, Organisations and Societies tend to prefer the clear distinctions of Pura Raza Española - Purebred Spanish Horse, and Lusitano.
In the United States they also speak of the Pure Spanish Horse.
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