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Significance of the Andalusian Horse in Spanish Culture and Society throughout History
Transcript of Significance of the Andalusian Horse in Spanish Culture and Society throughout History
The Horse Of Spain Photo based on: 'horizon' by pierreyves @ flickr The Andalusian is also known as the "Priza Espanola" meaning "Of pure Spanish Race"
Originated in Andalusia, Spain
The Spanish horse's popularity began when King Phillip II took a liking to the breed and and registered it himself as "The Horse of Spain" in his Royal Decree
King Phillip II then set up his own personal stable strictly for the breeding of Anadalusian horses, which were then considered the horse of Kings Other Empires such as France, Portugal and Arabia began trading with Spain in order to acquire the highly valued equestrian The andalusian then became the emblem for the Spanish Empire
By 1575 1/3 of the horses belonging to the Royal Families of Europe were Andalusians
Andalusians became the symbol of honour and wealth
throughout the 17th and 18th Centuries Andalusians were used as currency and gifts between nobleman and royalty
The other nations would use the base of the Andalusian horse to create their own superior and symbolic breeds, by acquiring either mares or stallions from the Spanish for a very high price, and breeding the horse with their own. Portuguese Lipizanner, a product of the Andalusian trade Arabian Lustiano, also a descendant of the Andalusians Royalty such as Louis XIII and XIV prefferred the Spanish horse to tohers and were often painted in portraits with their prize stallion, an Andalusian
Royals also gave these horses as gifts to eachother, as Henry VIII and CharlesV would often send eachother Andalusian stallions as honourable gifts Continued Value of the Spanish Horse Throughout History |--------------------------------------------------------------| 2000 1500 King Phillip II of Spain preserves personal stable to breed Andalusians 1892 1567 Spanish Military Stud Farms created, consisting strictly of Andalusians 1913
Reopening of the Studbook of Pure Spaish Horses 1972
Creation of the National Association of Breeders of Spanish Horses Uses Of The Andalusian Were chosen for their athleticism and endurance abilities
At only 5 years old can run 12 to 15 miles full speed without breaking pace
Long legs allowed the Spanish soldiers to make long trips on the horses without being hindered The Portuguese army in the early 20th Century used the Andalusian horses only for their cavalry because they could run 40 km on uneven terrain at a constant speed of 10 mph, twice as much as any other horse at the time.
Still used today in the military of Spain and Portugal
Also used and is the star of 'dressage' and even used as a stock horse
By : Sierra Thomas-Lovric