Tuesday’s Trot – Andalusian

From page 94 in Horses of the World:

5 things to know about the Andalusian horse:

1. The Andalusian has pronounced sexual dimorphism; mares are clearly more slender than males, especially in the neck.

2. Quite versatile, the Andalusian can excel in very high-level disciplines, and is a pleasant recreational horse.

3. It is known for its good nature, its courage, its calm, and its ability to learn and to adapt. Its gaits are wonderful, light, and high-stepping.

4. It is a founder of many breeds, notably in North and South America, after it was introduced by the conquistadors.

5. Andalusians are the result of crossbreeding first between native Iberian horses and Germanic horses in the fifth century following the invasion of the Vandals, then between Barb, Arabian, and Syrian horses imported by the Moors when they invaded Spain in 711.

Horses of the World
Élise Rousseau
Illustrated by Yann Le Bris
Translated by Teresa Lavender Fagan
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Horses of the World is a comprehensive, large-format overview of 570 breeds of domestic and extant wild horses, including hybrids between the two and between domestic breeds and other equids, such as zebras. This beautifully illustrated and detailed guide covers the origins of modern horses, anatomy and physiology, variation in breeds, and modern equestrian practices. The treatment of breeds is organized by country within broader geographical regions—from Eurasia through Australasia and to the Americas. Each account provides measurements (weight and height), distribution, origins and history, character and attributes, uses, and current status. Every breed is accompanied by superb color drawings—600 in total—and color photographs can be found throughout the book.

Describing and depicting every horse breed in existence, Horses of the World will be treasured by all who are interested in these gorgeous animals.

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