The andalusian horse is a majestic breed that hails from the Iberian Peninsula in Spain. This elegant breed was first recognized as a distinct breed in the 15th century. A close relative of the Portuguese Lusitano, Andalusians are known for their endurance, high step, and surefootedness. In addition to dressage, Andalusians excel in other disciplines such as jumping, driving, and working cattle. A well-bred and conditioned Andalusian can be an incredible mount for riders of all skill levels.
While the andalusian is a rare breed in the United States, there are dedicated breeders who are slowly increasing horse numbers. The andalusian is an intelligent, agreeable, and willing horse that is suited for all types of riding. These horses are a great choice for experienced riders who want a challenging but rewarding equestrian experience. The andalusian was bred for war, bullfighting, and other violent activities, but is now a sought after mount for dressage, trail riding, English and western pleasure, and even parades and demonstrations. They are a great choice for riders who want a challenge, and a dedicated owner will work hard to make their horse’s dreams a reality.
In the early days, Andalusians were bred for their strength and power, but modern trainers value the andalusian’s docile personality and human-loving nature. A well-established breeder will remove personality variations from their breeding stock in favor of a more consistent, reliable, and beautiful horse. Those who choose to breed their own Andalusians will need a good understanding of the breed’s history, as well as the training and health requirements to ensure that their horses are both safe and healthy.
Although the andalusian is considered a rare breed, it is not immune to common health issues such as small intestinal problems, metabolic conditions like Cushing’s disease, laminitis, and melanomas (benign masses found on some gray horses). These horses require a high-quality diet to keep them healthy. Regular grooming is also necessary to minimize tangles and to help maintain the beauty of their thick manes and tails. The andalusian has a life span of about 25 years, and when properly cared for they can enjoy a long and happy retirement.
Kat grew up on a ranch in Montana and began taking cutting lessons at the age of five. Her father wanted her to learn a strong work ethic and he decided that the best way to do this was to put her on a horse. Her first ride was not calm, but she fell in love with the sport. She went on to compete at the world level in cutting and dressage.
When she isn’t competing, Kat works full time as an equine veterinarian in New Mexico. Her favorite part of the job is helping her clients to keep their horses healthy and happy. She has a special interest in the andalusian, which she finds to be the perfect mount for her because of its energy, intelligence, and willingness to please. In her free time, she enjoys reading and hiking with her husband and two dogs.