The Breeds

THE ORIGINAL DRESSAGE HORSE - photo by Wojtek

The Original Dressage Horse

The story of the Andalusian and Lusitano starts as far back as the Ancient Greeks and Romans when the horses of the Iberian Peninsula had been sought after as premier riding horses. 

For centuries, Spanish and Portuguese kings have used these majestic horses as a symbol of their power and warriors, conquistadors and bullfighters selected them for their trainability, athleticism, and docility.

“Equestrian authors have given unanimous preference to the Spanish horse and have considered him to be the best for the ‘manege’ work because of his agility and the strength of his hind legs, combined with their elasticity.

His natural cadence and pride make him the first choice for the pomp of the parade where he can display his grace and his nobility. His courage, combined with utmost docility is the foremost requirement for war on a day of battle.”

Francois de la Gueriniere
Founding father of classical riding in the 18th Century
White Horse photo by Wojtek
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"The ideal Iberian horse is noble in his demeanor, versatile in his ability and majestic in his appearance. Docile to the rider yet bold in all circumstances, he is energetic without ill-temperament, sensitive to the aids without hysteria, proud without arrogance and courageous without hostility. His body is both strong and flexible. Though refined and elegant, he is renowned as an easy keeper who has adapted to the toughest living conditions at the 4 corners of the Globe."

Jean Paul Giacomini
Iberian Horse Expert, Clinician, and Olympic Trainer