Basic History: Andalusian horses were developed from Iberian Horses in the Spanish region of Andalusia, hence the name. The Andalusian had become a distinct breed as of the 15th century and was later called "The Royal Horse of Europe". By the mid 1600s, the breed had been distributed all across Europe, including to England and all around the Mediterranean Sea. The breed was threatened in the 19th century by many wars. Napoleon's army seized many horses as well as the in the Peninsular war. Spain began to export Andalusians in 1962. Andalusians were imported to Australia in 1971, and the Australians made the Andalusian Horse Association of Australaisa. Stud books for these horses were made in many other countries, and Andalusian numbers have been on the increase sine the 21st Century.
Habitat: These horses have short, sturdy cannon bones and well muscled hind quarters. They have a compact structure that could be useful for climbing mountains or valleys.
Quick Facts: The Andalusian is considered to be the first European Warmblood. They have a high degree of flexibility in their hind legs. They are affectionate, courageous, and spirited