Toledano XXXV

Only the BEST

Champion Bloodlines

We travel to Spain and seek out only the best bloodlines we can find (Yeguada, Militar and Hierro del Bocado). We breed horses that are destined to become true living legends and soul mates. We can breed all Andalusian horse coat colors.

We cross breed Andalusians to get the best characteristics from each. We combine temperament, conformation, beauty and movement to obtain the perfect combination.

Selection

What we look for

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Breeding

Creating Champions

Conformation - Movement - Color

HEAD

Heads should be medium in length, well proportioned, with a slight convex (subconvex) profile.

In the early 20th Century, a straight profile also became acceptable. Concave, and strongly convex profiles are undesirable. Cheekbones should be well developed, with fine, supple skin covering them, with a fluted nasal bone tapering down to a proportionally small muzzle.

NECK

The neck should be high and arched, flexible, and uplifted, capable of completely comfortable and natural vertical head carriage.

It should should be set high upon the shoulder, and end in a subtle upturn before the withers. The neck should be both shapely and muscular, neither straight and shapeless nor overly short and thick. The bottom outline of the neck should not be convex, and should spring from the top of the horse’s chest, not the center or the bottom. The crest should not excessively wobble when the horse moves. The throatlatch should be clean-cut, and should not be fleshy or thick.

CHEST

The chest should be full and deep, of medium width, with long, well-sprung ribs. Excessive wideness or narrowness is undesirable.

When viewed from the front, the front legs should rise to the chest to form an “arch”, reminiscent of a cathedral arch.

MOVEMENT

Movement should always be expressive, lofty, and rhythmic, with distinctive joint flexion and articulation. Carthusians display more suspension and action than other bloodlines, which may instead offer more in the way of gait extensions.

TEMPERAMENT

Andalusians, historically bullfighting horses, must be obedient, brave, intelligent, and sensitive.

They are fast learners, and respond well to advanced training and difficult situations when treated with respect and kindness. Agile and responsive, Andalusians are versatile and can adapt well to most modern disciplines. Andalusians are one of the few breeds consistently capable of the focus and determination required of the airs above the ground.

OVERALL

Square in overall frame, with a short back, long legs, and powerful neck and hindquarters. A beautiful head and an elegantly arched neck define the breed.

The Andalusian Horse’s overall conformation lends itself to sturdy, agile, and athletic animals who are exceptionally comfortable to ride. Averaging 1100 lbs, or 500 kg.

BACK – The back should be short, especially in males. It should be muscular and close to straight. The loin should also be short and powerful.

HINDQUARTERS

Hindquarters should be rounded and very powerful, with an acute angle of the stifle and a short, round croup.

The tail should be low set and flush with the buttocks, and should not be raised or held away from the body except for rare occasions of unusual excitement. The length and weight of the head and neck should be directly proportional to the size of the hindquarters.

LEGS

Both fore and hind legs should be proportionally long in comparison to the overall body length of the horse. Excessively light or heavy bones in the legs are undesirable. Pasterns should be of medium length and should not be excessively upright as in a draft, or laid back like a thoroughbred. The skin should be thin and tight against the bones and tendons of the legs.

FORE LEGS – The fore legs should be set well back from the chest and shoulder, with a narrow angle between the scapula and humerus. The forearm should be powerful and lean, and the cannon bones should be long. Knees should be flat, broad, and smooth. No feathering on the legs or pasterns should be present.

REAR LEGS – The gaskin should be muscular, and the hock strong and well-developed. Fetlocks should be lean and prominent. Rear legs should be set parallel to one another, and should not be sickle hocked or camped out.

HOOVES – Hooves should be wide at the base, medium in size, wider than they are tall,  well shaped, and of superior hardness.

Champions