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The Andalusian horse is a horse breed developed in the Iberian
Peninsula. Its ancestors have been present on the Iberian Peninsula for
thousands of years. The Andalusian has been recognized as an individual
breed since the 15th century, and its conformation has changed very
little over the centuries. Throughout its history, it has been known
for its prowess as a war horse, and was prized by the nobility. During
the 19th century, warfare, disease and crossbreeding reduced herd
numbers dramatically, and despite some recovery in the late 19th
century, the trend continued into the early 20th century. Exports of
Andalusians were restricted until the 1960s, but the breed has since
spread throughout the world, despite still-low population numbers.
Strongly built, and compact yet elegant, Andalusians have long, thick
manes and tails. Their most common coat color is gray, although they
can be found in many other colors. They are known for their
intelligence, sensitivity and docility. The Andalusian is closely
related to the Lusitano of Portugal, and has been used to develop many
other breeds, especially in Europe and the Americas. Modern Andalusians
are used for many equestrian activities, including dressage, show
jumping and driving. The breed is also used extensively in movies,
especially historical pictures and fantasy epics. (more...)
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