quickwitter: © Wojtek Kwiatkowski | UFO Beautiful shot of a Spanish Andalusian Stallion
Global currently, but originally developed on the Iberian Peninsula of Spain where its ancestors have been present for thousands of years. The Andalusian has been recognized as a breed since the 15th century, and its conformation has changed very little over time. Exports of Andalusians were restricted until the 1960s, but the breed has since spread throughout the world, despite still-low population numbers.
During the 19th century, warfare, disease and crossbreeding reduced herd sizes dramatically. Despite some recovery in the late 19th century, the trend continued into the early 20th century. As of 2003. , there were over 75,000 registered living Andalusians worldwide
Throughout its history, the Andalusian has been known for its prowess as a war horse, and was prized by the nobility.
The breed was used as a tool of diplomacy by the Spanish government, and kings across Europe rode and owned Spanish horses.
Plain Horse Facts:
Horses can sleep standing up. This is so that in the wild, if they were woken up by a predator they would be able to get away quicker.
You might sometimes see one horse asleep in the field whilst the others are eating. This is because that horse guards’ the herd during the night, so sleeps during the day and eats at night.
The oldest horse on record died at age 48
Horses and ponies are measured in hands. A hand is the length of an average adult’s palm, or four inches. The height is written as a number followed by the letters ‘hh’.