“ Animal Species: Horses „
The name Lusitano comes from the word Lusitania which is the Latin word for Portugal and the breed has only been called by this name since 1966. The breed is very similar to the Andalusian and other Spanish breeds and comes from the same genetic background as Andalusians. The two breeds do have noticable conformational differences. The Lusitano has a Roman nose and great width across the forehead compare to the Andalusian's straighter profile. The Lusitano has a sloping croup and low set tail and is often straighter in the shoulder than the Andalusian. They have a short, thick neck, powerful shoulders, broad chest, short, compact back, muscular quarters and strong, long legs. They are an extremely strong and powerful horse. They are highly sought after by bullfighters for their speed, agility and calm temperament.
The Lusitano was originally used for military use and carriage work but are used now for pleasure riding and dressage. In Portugal, they are still used for farm work and light draft work. The breed is known for its braveness, balance, intelligence and sensible atitude. They range from 15hh to 16hh and are bay, grey or chestnut in colour.