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The Andalusian, also known as the Purebred Spanish Horse or PRE (Pura Raza Española; in English, Pure Spanish-bred), is a horse breed from the Iberian Peninsula. It is extremely similar to the closely related Lusitano breed. There are several competing registries that cover the Andalusian/PRE breed. These registries differ on their definition of the Andalusian and PRE, the purity of various strains of the breed, and the legalities of stud book ownership.

The ancestors of the Andalusian have been present on the Iberian Peninsula for thousands of years, but they became recognized as an individual breed beginning in the 15th century. Throughout its history, the Andalusian has been known for its prowess as a war horse and prized by nobles. Andalusians were restricted from exportation from Spain until the 1960s, but they have since spread throughout the world. There are currently less than 20,000 Andalusians in the world today, including around 4,500 in the United States.

Andalusians are strongly built, compact yet elegant horses with long, thick manes and tails. The most common color is gray, although they can be found in many other colors. They are known for their intelligence and docility, although they are also proud and sensitive animals. Today, Andalusians are used for many equestrian activities, including dressage, show jumping and driving. They have also been used extensively to create and improve other breeds, including the Lipizzan and the Alter Real, another Iberian horse breed. The breed is also used extensively in movies, especially historical movies and fantasy epics, and serves as the current mascot for the University of Southern California.


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