THE LUSITANO HORSE

The Lusitano is the oldest saddle horse on the planet. Domestication started some 15000 years ago in the southwest of the Iberian peninsula, in an area stretching from Cordoba and Cadiz in today’s Spain to Faro and Lisbon in what is now Portugal. In the Roman period the western part of the peninsula was called Lusitania. Thousands of years of functional selection for the Jineta and Rejoneo riding styles have endowed us with a unique genetic heritage. Empathy with the rider, great agility and bravery are the defining characteristics developed in the Lusitano horse. The closed Lusitano studbook counts only 13000 heads in total – by far the smallest of the ancient fullblood breeds that have been preserved to our day and age. 

In his Aeneas Vergilius refers to these horses on the Atlantic shores of the peninsula as “Sons of the Wind” 

It is a privilege and a luxury to have these proud and beautifu