In this documented and illustrated book, the author presents the history of the Lusitano horses since their origin until our times, history that varies substantially from the theories supported until today. The book widely develops the theory of the “Iberian horse” making us realise that such a horse never existed and that the Purebred Lusitano Horse does not descend from it. It also shows that the process of formation of this breed was not initiated thousands of years ago, as many authors have claimed, but in 1640, with a group of horses of French origin purchased in Poitiers and La Rochelle, by order of king Juan IV, and was later forged by means of crossbreeding carried out with specimens belonging to breeds such as the Purebred Spanish Horse, the Arab and the English Thoroughbred, amongst others. It was a project initiated due to the shortage of horses in Portugal which was the consequence of the measures taken by king Phillip II and his successors during the period in which that country was under the Spanish rule (1580-1640). What later became instrumental in this process was the creation of the Royal Stud Farm of Alter do Châo by king Juan V, whose objective was to breed Purebred Spanish horses. However, different political and militay circumstancies made it impossible to continue with this objective and led, though unintentionally, to the creation of a new breed of horses in the 20th century – the Purebred Lusitno Horse.
The book is prefaced by Barbara Currie, President of the Foundation for Spanish Horse, of U.S. To bring you this work, a painstaking publication in four languages (Spanish, English, French and Portuguese) has been realised. It is presented on 336 pages of 29 x 25 cm., on 150gr chalk overlay glossy paper, and contains 160 photographs. It has leather binding with the title printed in gold and a colour cover, also laminated and with the title printed in gold.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Historical Contex. Chapter 1º
Chapter 2º The “Iberian Horse”.
2.1 Species and breed.
2.2 Spanish and Portuguese mythsand legends.
2.3 Horses and Hispanic cavalry in Roman.
2.4 The theory of the “Iberian horse” and its relation to the Purebred Lusitano an Purebred Spanish. horse
Chapter 3º The beginnings of the Purebred Lusitano Horse.
3.1 The beginning of the project: The Stud Farm of Alter do Châo.
3.2 The Portuguese Equitation.
The Royal Ridings School of Belén.
The beginning of rejoneo.
The Portuguese School of Equestrian Art.
Chapter 4º The origin of the Portuguese horses.
4.1 The origin of the Portuguese horses.
4.2 The 20th century: the formation and constitution of the Lusitano breed.
4.3 The recovery of the Alter Real.
4.4 The name of the Lusitano breed.
4.5 The project of fusion of the Lusitano horse and the Purebred Spanish horse.
4.6 The rejoneo: the supposed origin of racial differences between the Purebred Lusitano and the Purebred Spanish horse.
Chapter 5º The creation of the Purebred Lusitano.
5.1 The Purebred Lusitano Horse Stud Book: the creation of the breed.
5.2 Racial Standards.
5.3 Main conformational characteristics differing from a Purebreed Spanish Horse.