8 purebred and native Spanish horses

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In Spain, where history and passion for horses are inextricably intertwined, an equine treasure emerges that has captivated the world for centuries.

Spanish horses are known for their elegance and versatility, and are a fundamental part of this nation's rich cultural heritage.

From the majestic Purebred Spanish Horses (PRE) to the charming regional native breeds, these animals are protagonists in high-level equestrian disciplines and beloved companions of riders of all ages.

Purebred Spanish Horse

The Purebred Spanish Horse is the most widespread breed in Spain, distributed throughout all of its Autonomous Communities and is also present in more than 65 countries, both in the European Union and in Third Countries.

The history of the PSH horse goes back centuries. Its roots go back to the Middle Ages, when the Spanish nobility began to breed and perfect the breed. This Spanish horse breed was originally bred for warfare, excelling in agility, endurance and battlefield skills.

At that time, it was in Cordoba where the best stallions and mares were grouped together, coming from the provinces bordering the Guadalquivir, which at that time were the most prolific in horse breeding. In addition, nowadays, it is one of the few horses that are kept intact, that is to say, without gelding.

The beauty of the PSH is unmistakable. Their appearance is characterized by their powerful musculature, arched neck and dense, radiant mane. But their true magic lies in their versatility. Their gentle temperament and friendly disposition make them ideal companions for riders of all ages and levels of experience.

Purebred Galician Horse

This is the only equine breed native to the Galician territory, in northwestern Spain. They are medium-sized Spanish horses known for their resistance and adaptability to mountainous terrain.

This is a horse with a docile temperament when bred in semi-freedom conditions or in stables. Physically, it stands out for being a strong, robust and small equine, with expressive eyes, deep chest, fine limbs and a brown or black coat.

Today, although their role in agriculture has diminished due to mechanization, Galician horses still play an important role in festivals and cultural events in Galicia.

In addition, their adaptability has turned them into leisure and sport horses, where they participate in recreational riding and various equestrian activities.