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What is a Colonial Spanish Horse


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Colonial Spanish horse is also known as a band of feral and hereditary populations brought over from Spain to the Americas during the colonial period. Some of these were sold as farm stock and bred to fight horses in the Spanish-American War (American Revolution) and even in the Civil War. Others became free riders, wandering through the wilds of the country. There are still many of these “Free Lancers” today who roam and camp in rural areas, unsupervised.

The Colonial Spanish horse has a long, low, and often rounded stride with a high curved quillon. This helps the animal to walk over uneven, sandy or rocky ground. They have an athletic, well-balanced gait. This makes them an excellent choice for a variety of purposes, such as performing the show ring, racing, dressage, jumping, and roping.

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Though Spanish horses are now widely domesticated, there are still many strains that have a longer, higher, and more curved quillon. The Colonial Spanish horse has been crossbred with many other breeds, resulting in many desirable characteristics. This crossbreeding involved only minor alterations to the animal, using only those traits that were desirable for the purpose. The offspring from this crossbreeding produced true Spanish horses that have true sporting qualities, rather than just being bred to be a pet. Now, these animals can be bred commercially and have a wide variety of uses.

The first aspect of the Colonial Spanish horse’s personality to note is its temperament. This was a breed that lived for years in, and along, America’s Great Plains. Their temperament is one of the best characteristics of this breed. They are affectionate and gentle, yet strong and athletic. Many seem to think of these animals as possessing two minds, one thinking, and one doing the work. The Colonial Spanish horse has great intelligence and a very pleasant temperament.

Many attribute the Colonial Spanish horse’s intelligence to its bloodlines. It shares its key attributes (good health, sturdy frame) with the American Black Jack. These cards also have a short muzzle, though they are rarely seen with long coats. The Colonial Spanish mustang is also somewhat stockier than the American Black Jack, in part due to the fact that they were frequently ridden in war. Thus, the Colonial Spanish horse is sometimes referred to as the war pony.

Some characteristics of the Colonial Spanish horse, and the American Black Jack, are actually the same in many ways. However, there are several key differences, which make each breed unique. For example, the American Black Jack is descended from the common mare called the Barbet. The common ancestor of both breeds was a horse known as the Barbet. The Barbet’s main ancestors were the Donner, and the Texel.

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A very important distinction between the American blackjack and the colonial Spanish horse is that the former is closer in origin. Many of the horses used to be the result of crossbreeding between breeds. There are many different origins of the modern day Spanish mustangs, including: the American Topsy-Turvy, the Cocker Spaniel, and the English Fox Terrier. All of these breeds are considered to be the ancestor of today’s popular breeds such as the Carolina South Carolina Bluebell, or the Modern Day Pamper, the Barbet, and the Colonial Spaniel. Although the appearance of these horses may vary slightly, they all have one thing in common.

Spain’s contribution to the world of show horses was quite vast. They were used for fighting and throughout history they have been bred for other things such as companionship and herding, which explains the very close relationship the Spanish horse breeds have developed with the people of the countryside, who throughout history have relied on them for protection. Without the need for competition and the need for sport, the Spanish horse breed would not have developed as it has today. You can find many different stories about how these horses became known throughout Europe, and throughout the world, as both the enemy and the friend.

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