Lusitano Horse, Pride of Portugal for Beauty and Performance.

Talent and Spirit

A Beautiful free spirited Lusitano horse
A Beautiful free spirited Lusitano horse
Lusitano and Rider in full Regalia performing High School Movements.
Lusitano and Rider in full Regalia performing High School Movements.
A Pair of Lusitano Stallions showing the typical convex Noses. This is exactly opposite the Arabian concave Nose. (See my hub on The Arabian Horse)
A Pair of Lusitano Stallions showing the typical convex Noses. This is exactly opposite the Arabian concave Nose. (See my hub on The Arabian Horse)
High stepping, highly trained Lusitano.
High stepping, highly trained Lusitano.
Parade of Lusitanos at the Annual  Golega Horse Fair North of Lisbon
Parade of Lusitanos at the Annual Golega Horse Fair North of Lisbon

Supple, Talented and Spectacular

Some years ago I was fortunate enough to visit Portugal for riding lessons with a Master of Equitation, Luis Valenca riding his purebred Lusitano horses. His stables are at Villa Franca de Xira just outside Lisbon. The stables were occupied by handsome Lusitano stallions. Not a single mare in sight. The horses ranged from fully trained horses used for exhibition riding to beginners just starting their lengthy learning process, There were also some quieter mounts for training the humans and used in the riding school An older steady mount that we named the pink pony was used to give lunge line lessons. This was when one was seated with no reins and the pony was driven in a circle on the end of a long line. I found the process a little unnerving as you had nothing to hang on to and the pink pony was not above giving the odd buck to show you who was in control. The whole process was definitely a little undignified.

Lusitano horses are midsized, a little over 15 hands, stocky with a roman nose and a low set tail. They are closely related to the Spanish or Andalusian breed, though they tend to be lighter in build. The lusitano excels in dressage and is used in bull fighting. The bull is not killed in Portugal so the horse needs to be agile and brave. The majority of the breed are grey but any solid color is allowed and palomino and grulla are highly prize.

The mares and foals are allowed to run free until the foals are weaned and the young colts are separated for training. Many Lusitano breeders both in Portugal and in Europe and the USA give regular riding displays. The Lusitano breed brings much pleasure to both riders and spectators It also has great jumping ability. altogether a versatile and much prized horse.

Equitation Display by the Family of Luis Valenca

Lusitano Horses

Fine example of a Roman Nosed Lusitano Stallion
Fine example of a Roman Nosed Lusitano Stallion
Roman nosed Lusitano Stallion
Roman nosed Lusitano Stallion
A proud Rider ready for a Bull fight. In Portugal the bull is not killed so the horses need to be super agile.
A proud Rider ready for a Bull fight. In Portugal the bull is not killed so the horses need to be super agile.
A contented Lusitano in its Stable
A contented Lusitano in its Stable
Another Parade at the Golega Fair........    All Photos courtesy Flickr
Another Parade at the Golega Fair........ All Photos courtesy Flickr

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UK Wordsmith 6 years ago

What a beautiful animal!

Thank you for bringing this breed to our attention.


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

In my mind, all horses are beautiful. The beauty of the Lusitano is in its graceful movements. Thank you for your comment


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Joy At Home 6 years ago from United States

The video was amazing. Thank you for sharing the pictures and your knowledge. I've often wished I could have a chance to see this breed outside of pictures.


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Visiting Portugal and meeting Luis was a wonderful experience. The horses were so friendly and talented. May be you will see some in the USA. Thanks for the comment.


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Alexander Mark 6 years ago from beautiful, rainy, green Portland, Oregon

I like the shape of the head and nose, rather dignified.


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Yes there is not an ounce of frivolity in it is there? Thanks for the comment!


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Ladybird33 6 years ago from Georgia USA

Aww, these animals are beautiful. I enjoyed learning something new. Thank you so much!


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

My pleasure! Thanks for dropping by Ladybird33


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toknowinfo 5 years ago

Horses are amazing animals. And your brought out their beauty in your writing and in the pictures. Well done hub. Rated up and beautiful.


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Gypsy Willow 5 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Thanks for the sweet comment toknowinfo. Horses are so beautiful aren't they. I love them.


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Another great hub and I also look forward to reading many more by you tomorrow.

It is nearly my time to switch this computer off but will be back tomorrow.

Take care Gypsy Willow

Eddy.

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