Lusitano horse
A unique horse in the world

The Lusitano horse

In the European country of Portugal, equestrian and horse riding have been recognized as significant leisure time activities. There are various different varieties of horse breeds which are reared in the country and of them one of the foremost is the Lusitano. It is interesting to note how the Lusitano horses derived their name. In the ancient times, Portugal was under the domination of the formidable Romans and during that period the Portuguese territory was known as Lusitanian ad hence the name Lusitano was derived. The name Lusitania in its turn owes its origin to the name of the Roman god Bacchus’s son Luso.

Lusitano horse

It is to be noted that the origin of the various breeds of Portuguese horses may be closely related to the primitive Iberian horses and the various cave paintings and murals found in the Malaga region of Spain and the Alentejo region of Portugal provide evidence to the fact confirming the close proximity in terms of appearance and kind between the Lusitano and the Iberian horses. Like most of the Iberian horse breeds, the Lusitano horses are considered as the best suited for equestrian activities like bull fights and in fact it can be admitted without a trace of doubt that the Lusitano horses are the most well-known and eminent among the various indigenous horse breeds of Portugal. In Portugal, the Lusitano horses are a symbol of esteem and prestige and this is why over the ages various proficient Portuguese families have bred the Lusitano horses for generations. While it is true that the Lusitano horses have a rich history and heritage, it is only since the 1960s that it has been referred to specifically as a separate breed named Lusitano. In Portugal, various festivals like the Golega horse fair and various Lusitano horse Festival are held on an annual basis which definitely proves the importance of the Lusitano horse breed in Portugal.

Origin of the Lusitano horses

The Lusitano horses are one of the premier horse breeds in Portugal and they have a very rich history. It can be pointed out that it was only in the recent times that these Lusitano horses came to be recognized as a separate breed, though in the ancient era they were broadly acknowledged as a kind of the Iberian horses.