Breeds Profiles - Lusitano

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Find out more about the Lusitano breed including typical conformation, temperament and ideal disciplines

Breeds Profiles - Lusitano
Breeds Profiles - Lusitano

The Lusitano is very closely related to the Andalusian horse and until the 1960s they were considered to be the same. However, in 1966 the Spanish and Portuguese stud books split and the Portuguese strain became known as the Lusitano. They can be grouped together with Andalusian and Lipizzaner horses under the term of Iberian horses.


They have compact, short backed bodies, that are very muscular. They have long necks and medium length heads. Their gait is very energetic, making them excellent for dressage. They range in height from 15.2 to 15.3 hands in height. Lusitanos can be any colour but are usually grey, bay or chestnut.


Lusitano horses are known for their calm and laid back nature. They are highly intelligent and enjoy learning.

Ideal disciplines

Their powerful and elevated movements combined with a willing temperament means they are ideal for dressage. They have had considerable success on Olympic dressage teams and they are also doing well in International driving competitions.

They are ideal for the following disciplines:

• Dressage

• Driving

• All-rounder

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