Characteristics

 

Characteristics

What to Look for in your First Lusitano

 
Lusitano-CharacteristicsThe Lusitano is the ugly duckling turned into a swan in the story of horses.   It is a horse that takes time to grow and mature into the beautiful beasts we know.   In fact, it takes the eye of an expert to identify the true potential of a Lusitano before it is two years old.   Adult horses weigh about five hundred kilograms.   The mare grows to one point five meters at the withers.   The male reaches one point six and sometimes a little more.   Their build ranges from the large, heavy-set Iberian-like specimens to the finer, athletic Veiga type.
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Lusitano-CharacteristicsThe classic Lusitano has a short back, muscular shoulders and hindquarters, long slender legs and a thick, arched neck.   Its center of gravity is to the back giving it an up and back balance point.   It is a naturally collected horse with a well set on head and neck and strong loins with a well-developed second thigh.   It has a rounded head profile and a square, compact silhouette.   Lusitanos come in different solid colors, the most common being gray.   They are also bay, black, dun, Palomino, and chestnut.   Their movement is always lively and elevated forward which allows for a smooth, comfortable ride.
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Taking a Closer Look

Lusitano-CharacteristicsThe above description is a bit general and could also fit our neighbor the Andalusian, so here is a little more information and detail for you to take into account when choosing your first Lusitano.   The first thing you must look into is the horse’s lineage.   Where does it come from?   Who are its parents and who are their parents.   Continue to check until you come to the recognized, original six Foundation Bloodstock Horses.   This may take a little time and effort on your part but it is worth the while.   You cannot become a king or queen because you want to.   You are born a king or queen and the only way to prove it is to follow your ancestors all the way to the beginning.
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Lusitano-CharacteristicsOnce you are able to establish that your horse does belong to one or more of the royal families, you have to go further.   Just because he is a possible heir to the throne does not mean that he has the looks to become a king.   The general appearance of the standing horse should show a degree of correctness and flow between the bone structure, muscular disposition and the body’s proportions as a whole.   In layman terms when you look at the horse, everything must be in place, nothing should stick out anywhere and the horse must look like a statue with perfect lines that flow from the ears all the way to the tail.   Click here for a more specific, detailed description of the characteristics recognized and accepted for purebred Lusitano horses.
 

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