Facts about Andalusian Horse, "Scientific name for Andalusian Horse is Equus caballus". Andalusian Horse is a solid-hoofed herbivorous quadruped domesticated since prehistoric times.
The "Andalusian Horse" ancestors originated from Iberian Peninsula. The Andalusian Horse breed has been regarded highly since the middle ages. Andalusian horse has been esteemed for its quality and appearance since the Roman times. The Andalusian Horse was the favored mount for the noble people of Europe. The Andalusian Horse appearance and flashy action makes it most desirable riding horse across the globe.
A male Andalusian Horse has more teeth than a female horses. An adult male Andalusian Horse usually have 40 teeth and a females usually has 36 teeth. A Andalusian Horse on average only sleeps between 2 1/2 to 3 hours in a day and will sleep longer in the summer than in the winter. A Andalusian Horse hooves are made from the same protein that human hair and fingernails are made of.
The Andalusian Horse primarily originated and gained its name in Andalusia a Province in Spain and it is also called the Pure Spanish Horse.
Andalusian Horse breed has a distinguished physical appearance, commonly in light gray and white color coats, and occasionally bay. The Andalusian Horse breed has a compact body with excellent proportion, and the average stands 15 to 16 hands (60" to 64" inches 158 to 172 cm) high. Average weight is between 1100 to 1200 pounds (498 to 544 kg). Andalusian Horses mane and tail is abundantly long and wavy. The Andalusian Horse has a flat to slightly convex nose. The Andalusian Horse has small ears and the head is set on a substantial neck. The Andalusian Horse has massive chest and lean quarters. It has got clean legs with energetic action.
Andalusian Horse is known for its agility and has the ability learn complex moves faster. This includes the advanced collection and the turns on the haunches. Compared to other horse breeds, Andalusian Horses will over track less - this is the degree to which its hind foot will land ahead of the fore-limb hoof print. The Andalusian Horse do exhibit great flexing of both their fore and hind joints. It is renowned for its superb temperament.
Care and Feeding
Andalusian Horses are quite easy to care for. They stay at fair weights with low feeds. Take care to not over feed the Andalusian Horse because they can be prone to laminitis. The Andalusian Horse is beautiful, thick mane and tail require regular trimming and pulling so as to remain healthy. Keep the tail long and thick cutting it straight across at the bottom, at the height of the fetlocks.
Training and Activities
The Andalusian Horse strength and active gaits make Andalusian Horses beautiful dressage horses. With their extremely strong hind quarters does allow the Andalusian Horse to perform the famous Haute Ecole movement also known as "air above the ground". The Andalusian Horse are among the few special breeds that can be trained in the High Dressage movements. The Andalusian Horse can also be used for show jumping, though crossed with thoroughbreds to boost their jumping ability.
Male Andalusian Horses are called a stallion. Female Andalusian Horses are called a mare. Young male Andalusian Horse are called a colt. Young female Andalusian Horse are called a filly. Small horses are called Ponies. The Andalusian Horse is a amazing animal, a horse can sleeping by standing up in normal position or lying down.
As earlier stated, the Andalusian Horse are prone to laminitis if overfed. Also take note of their light skin color as the Andalusian Horse are prone to melanomas. Keep an eye for bumps, especially around the tail and the muzzle. The hoof and pastern angle is quite larger in Andalusian Horses compared to the other breeds, so you have to ensure that the farrier is well experienced with such matters to prevent quarter cracks and the closed heels.
The Andalusian Horse is a quality breed to own as it continuously gains popularity across the globe, especially in the USA.
The average lifespan of a Andalusian Horse is around 25 years, but they can live long. A Andalusian Horse is a mammals. Andalusian Horse are herbivorous animals (a herbivore, eats leaves, grass, hay and furns (plant eaters). A Andalusian Horse has surprisingly big eyes and have one of the biggest eyes amongst mammals. The eyes can give a Andalusian Horse with almost 360 degree vision at times. Andalusian Horses brain take up less space in their head than their teeth do. Andalusian Horses do not breath through their mouth, they only breath through the nose. A Andalusian Horse doesn't have a gall bladder. A Andalusian Horse have a better senses of hearing or smell than humans. Andalusian Horses ears can turn in different directions to give them better hearing.