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The Lusitano is noted as a showy carriage horse as well as a saddle horse of the highest quality, and was once the mount of the Portuguese cavalry. It is the horse most favored by the Portuguese bullfighter and, in that role, is schooled in the advanced movements of the “haute ecole”. In more recent years, the Lusitano has become popular outside the Iberian Peninsula and it has an enthusiastic following in both Britain and the United States.
Breeding The breed is in effect the Portuguese version of the Andalusian and is claimed to be indistinguishable from its neighbor, although it is possible, in some cases, to discern slight differences in type.
Characteristics Although sometimes more “on the leg” than the Andalusian, in the eyes of some observers, the intelligent Lusitano is just as brave, quick and superbly balanced. The naturally elevated action is spectacular, and the breed’s agility is remarkable. (info from Eyewitness Handbooks – Horses)