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Hispano horse: origins, characteristics and attitudes

Hispano horse: origins, characteristics and attitudes

What we call Hispano horse it is none other than the Anglo-Arab of Spain, an animal that is not very widespread and well-known compared to those of other breeds but that for some time coexists and supports man making himself useful in various situations, both in work and in recreational activities . And of course we also find him sometimes among the protagonists of the bullfight. It also participates in less bloody competitions such as dressage and show jumping competitions.

Hispano horse: origins

What we know about Hispano and the two origins is not so much, unfortunately, but how all the "variants" of Anglo-Arabic we can assume that it was born from a succession of crosses between Anglo-Arab stallions and local mares that were used in Spain at the time. To be precise, this breed is native to two Spanish regions, Extremadura and Andalusia. From these areas it then spread throughout the country without being able to establish itself decisively elsewhere, across the border.

Characteristics of the Hispano horse: height and weight

The Hispano horse has a medium size, with a height at the withers that can vary between 150 and 160 centimeters and a weight that can vary between 400 and 480 Kg also depending on age and sex. A measure that allows him to have interesting and competitive performances in sports disciplines such as show jumping, just to give an example. His physique is very muscular and strong but not so much that it is heavy.

Its structure, from head to tail and limbs, is harmonious and well-proportioned, pleasing to the eye and handsome. Being a mestizo, derived from'Anglo-Arab, it is not so easy to describe its appearance with the precision that we can afford when we are talking about a thoroughbred, from specimen to specimen the appearance can vary, sometimes it may be more similar to the English thoroughbred, other times it shows the characteristics of the horse more clearly Arabic.

However, we can assure you that in general we are dealing with a slender animal with an elegant gait, with strong forelegs, long and thin limbs but with robust bones. We can find it with cloaks of different colors, usually one-colored however: bay, chestnut and gray.

Hispano horse: character

This type of horse, a bit like mestizos often do, shows a rustic and adaptable nature. Let us not be sidetracked though, because this breed has a strong temperament and an elegant and proud bearing, it does not let itself be put in a corner. Over the years, he has gained the trust of the man who today appreciates his physical qualities but also his loyalty, generosity and obedience.

Hispano horse: attitudes

Looking carefully at Hispanic regions from which it originates, this horse is undoubtedly accustomed to proceed on all kinds of land and to graze in often arid areas, adapting with great ease to even difficult living conditions. This is a great advantage that is convenient for those who breed it and must use it in equally complex situations that not all horses may be able to deal with.

In his country of origin so far he has found employment as a working animal with bulls for fighting and also in sports, for example in three disciplines that are particularly suited to his physique: show jumping, full competition and dressage.

Precisely because of its ability to adapt even to rough and difficult terrain, today it is an excellent choice when it comes to making tourist walks in the mountains, or in the countryside, but it is necessary for the rider to have a bit of experience because with his character he cannot bear being guided by a hand that is too heavy or betrays insecurity. In history we must also mention an experience in the army for the Hispanic,

Hispano horses and other Anglo Arab horses

Now that we have framed the Hispano, we can afford to keep an eye on the others Anglo-Arabs we might be dealing with in the future, starting with that French, created in France by a veterinarian named E. Gayot in the mid-nineteenth century with a cross between thoroughbreds and Arabs. From the former he took size and speed, from the latter intelligence and endurance.

It also exists the Sardinian Anglo-Arab which derives from the oriental - Asian stock and was created as a result of Greek imports of the 4th and 5th centuries BC. C. The native Sardinian mares were crossed with imported Arabian stallions and later Anglo-Arab-French stallions were also used to continue to refine the characteristics of the breed. The resulting animal is a saddle horse with a slender and harmonious physique but also strong and robust, with a sensitive character and a lively and fast disposition.

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