Used in the dressage categories and as show horses, the Lusitano breed is a rather popular choice. Bull riding and general riding purposes alike, the Lusitano horses are popular and still currently in use. They are considered robust and agile creatures. This breed bodes four various lineages. Andrade, also referred to as RA; Veiga or MV; Alter Real or AR; and the CN or Coudelaria. They are depicted as smaller horses with lots of strength. They are incredibly quick runners and are considered rather intelligent on their spurs. The vast majority of those that endure horse breeding for the Lusitano styles are very thorough about them and ensure that they are the top of the line.
The Lusitano breed is a calm yet brave animal. They are strong and have a lot of intelligence. They must be classified as a calm breed to be used for parades and to pull carriages. Well known for their elegance and their posing abilities, these horses are beautiful and one-of-a-kind.
Sixteen hands in measurement is how tall the Lusitano breed stands. They bode a convex profile and a larger forehead. An abundant mane and strong legs, this breed is tall and has a muscular neck. Most are generally gray in color, but some can be in other solid colors as well.
Upkeep of a Lusitano horse is not very complex. They can withstand various temperatures and have a keen sensibility to be independent creatures. A very athletic breed, they will require some form of activity during the day and need lots of room to run and play.
Coming from Portugal, the Lusitano breed has been noted as being a heavier pure bred animal than its similar counterpart, the Andalusian breed. They have Roman features that can be spotted from afar and also have many relatives of Spanish descent. All of the aforementioned are of Iberian lineage and contain Sorraia blood lines. Generally sought after for military purposes, they were also used for Portuguese bull riding adventures as well. Also utilized commonly for carriage riding, they have been greatly praised for their appearance. Some have the distinct dun color that is so popular for many in the Sorraia breed. Some can be used for Olympic purposes and hundreds have been placed in the World Equestrian Games. Very high expectations are set in place to become a breeder for the Lusitano. In Brazil during the late 1970’s, a breeder made his mark by developing the Interagro breeding center. This is currently the largest breeder of Lusitano horses around today, located in Itapira. Originally, the Lusitano horses were bred strictly for war and other military purposes. They went on to have a successful career as show horses and currently compete in all facets of horse games.