The Andalusian horse is one of the most ancient of horse breeds. It has lived on the Iberian Peninsula since pre-history and is represented in cave paintings dating back 25,000 years. In North America, all purebred Andalusian horses can be traced back directly to the Stud Books of Spain, Portugal, or to a combination, or crossing, of those two stud books.
In Spain, the horses are known as the Pure Spanish Horse or Pura Raza Española (PRE). In Portugal, the horses are known as Lusitanos or Pura Sangre Lusitano (PSL). The term Andalusian is used in many countries to denote the Iberian horse. The term Andalusian arose from the region in southern Spain, Andalucia, in which many noted stud farms are located.
Out of his romantic past he comes.
He has carried Kings and conquered continents.
He was painted by the greatest painters of all times.
Poets have sung his name in a thousand voices.
His handsome beauty is unmatched his nobleness without compare.
In all the world no horse has stepped with such pride.
He was all of these things and more,
and as if by some glorious miracle,
today he comes to us unchanged,
He is the Andalusian horse.