It is fitting that such a fascinating horse as the Lusitano should have an equally fascinating history.
The Lusitano horse is not only beautiful and graceful but also possess fantastic loyalty and intelligence. The history of this breed and the value these horses were to their people throughout all history is still very important.
Over the years, we have not only depended on the breed to carrier soldiers into battle, but we have built a line of respect and bond with a horse who is so willing to learn whatever they are taught.
They were often mixed with the Andalusian and shared the same studbook until 1967. The breed was named after Lusitanian – the region named by the Romans that connects Spain and Portugal. After so many attacks giving the people of the peninsula a one of a kind horse, it is no doubt that the Lusitano is the pride and joy of Portugal.
The horses exhibit great agility. It is able to stop, gallop and turn on a dime. In 1667, a Duke from Newcastle said, “It is the noblest horse in the world, the most beautiful that can be.
He is of great spirit and of great courage and docile; hath the proudest trot and the best action in his trot, the loftiest gallop, and is the most loving and gentlest horse, and the fittest of all for a king in his day of triumph.”