The Spanish Pure Bred Horse

For centuries Pure Breed Spanish horses have been exported to many countries around the world.A European royalty sought Spanish horses, renowned for their brilliance in high school movements, which were used for warfare and entertainment at the courts.
Members of royal families and officers were trained in the art of classical equitation on Spanish horses and other European breeds were refined with the blood of these animals.

The Spanish conquerors took horses along on their journeys and these animals were to be the origin of most American breeds.

At present the world is re-discovering this beautiful, versatile horse whose graceful presence is combined with an honest, loyal and active temperament. Their gaits are smooth and highly comfortable even for the less experienced rider.

These traditional horses, which represent one of the very few pure warm blood breeds in the world, are much in demand nowadays as competition – or classical dressage horses and even as family hacks or jumping horses.

The classical Spanish Pure Breed Horses (P.R.E: = Pura Raza Espanola) is to be recognized by its dry boned, expressive head, low tail inset, and compact body.A Its traditional high knee action has been altered into a more extended movement to suit the modern “functional” bloodlines, whose descendants are being used for dressage competitions up to Grand Prix and Olympic level.

Purebred Spanish horses, do not fully mature until they are six years of age. They display a generous character allowing stallions, without being gelded, to participate in all equestrian activities, ridden by both adults and children.

When purchasing P.R.E. horses, for riding or breeding purposes, one must decide upon what type of animal is required; the “classical” or the modern “functional” horse.A This is a matter of taste and depends on what the horse is going to be used for by the new owner.A If one relishes hacking around the countryside on a beautiful, comfortable and well-tempered horse which reminds one of the paintings of the great Spanish artists of the past, then choose a horse representing the classical bloodlines.A If, however, you wish to reach the heights of success achieved by Olympic dressage horse “Evento”, then look for an animal with more modern movements and conformation.

Breeding Pure Bred Spanish horses, both for personal pleasure or as a commercial enterprise, is a unique experience and demands a thorough study of the origins of the mares and stallions to be used, preferably elected with the help and advise of an on the spot expert.

The beauty of the Spanish Pure bred, its spectacular movement, even temperament, physical and psychological strength and amazing obedience also makes it a popular driving horse even to the level of international competitions.

Concerning the color of their coats, it can be observed that although these animals are traditionally grey (foals are born with a dark coat), nowadays bay and black horses are very popular although more exclusive.A Chestnuts, buckskins, cremellos and perlinos are now accepted for inscription by the Studbook.

The Spanish Pure bred horse is famous for its flowing mane and tail.A However, it should be noted that brood-mares have theirs clipped for hygienic reasons.

As from January 2007, the National Association for the Pure Bred Spanish Horse (ANCCE) is in charge of the upkeep of the Studbook for the Spanish Government.A Outside Spain, the official localA Association of Spanish Horse BreedersA co-ordinate the entering of horses in the Stud Book, the implantation of micro-chips and theA revision of those animals that are considered apt for breeding.

All P.R.E. horses should have an official Birth Certificate, which is handed out and registered in the Stud Book by ANCCE and formerly by the Spanish military authorities (Jefatura de Cria Caballar). You can check their registration on the internet.

The crossbred papers: “Carta de Caballo Cruzado” is not valid. Since several years these papers are not issued anymore and no Register is kept of horses that possess the “Carta de Caballo Cruzado”.A These horses have not been parent typed, unlike the Pure Bred Spanish Horses, or the Crossbred Spanish Sport Horses (Caballo de Deporte Espanol – CDE).

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