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The content of the book totally revolutionizes our knowledge of the origins of the Spanish horse. In its pages you will learn about the extraordinary project of a king, Philip II (1527-1588) of Spain, to create a breed of horses. You will discover the causes of the characteristics which define the morphology of the spanish horse. You will be told why this breed of horses, which in its beginnings was only available to kings, noble and the clergy, is at present part of the cultural heritage of the Andalusian people, who for many years were unable to enjoy its qualities because of its high cost. You will learn more about the person who created and defended this new breed, and about the construction of the building which housed the horses, the Royal Stables of Cordoba. You will also be told about the funds used to finance the project.

Have you ever wondered why in 1600 the most expensive and widespread breed of horses of the time was crossed with Neapolitan horses? Why horses as expensive and highly considered as the spanish ones were sent to conquer the New World? Why was the emperor Charles V unable to get a group of Spanish horses together for his coronation procession, despite the fact that the Spanish army used spanish horses? Why is it that spanish horses were crossbred to pull carriages if at the time they were not harnessed? Why were they crossbred with dappled horses, if this color was never in demand for spanish horses? Why is it that for thousands of years horses of the Iberian peninsula were mainly black and chestnut, and then suddenly, in a short period of time, they were mainly dapple-grey? Why are horses in different places, societies and times depicted with identical characteristics? Why was the spanish horse perfect for long stirrup training, if this type of training was not common in the spanish peninsula?

After having remained hidden for 430 years, light has finally been shed on the history of the purebred spanish horse, thanks to painstaking research of all documents related to the breed since its creation in Cordoba in 1567. You will now be able to understand why the spanish horse has that name, and why it is so noble and beautiful.

Read this book and begin to admire and love one of the most noble and beautiful animals created by mankind.

The foreword of the book was written by Luis Loredo Hill (Mexico). The book has 272 pages, made of 170 gram semimat white paper. It has 106 color and black and white photographs, and eight illustrations of the most famous horse portraits of the Prado Museum in Madrid. It also includes scanned copies of seven of the original documents of the period. The flyleaf has a color engraving of Diepenbek, dating back to 1657. The cover of the book is made of imitation leather with the title engraved in gold print, and its plasticized jacket bears a color photograph with the title and author in raised gold print.


Chapter 1- Historical Background

    1. 16th century politics, society, economy and culture
    2. Carthusian horses
    3. The concept of breed
    4. The spanish breed

Chapter 2- The creation of the breed

            2.1 The beginning of the project

            2.2 The name of the breed

                  The order of Calatrava and Valenzuela horses

            2.3 The branding iron of the spanish breed

Chapter 3- The places where the breed was created

            3.1. The stables and the pastures

            3.2. The construction of the stables

Chapter 4- The process of selection of the Spanish horse

            4.1. Diego Lopez de Haro

            4.2. The powers of the Gobernador de la Raza (Governor of the Breed)

            4.3. The search for the characteristics of the spanish horse

Chapter 5- The evolution of the breed: the work of the Caballerizos Mayores (masters of the King’s horses)

             5.1. Juan Jerónimo Tinti (1600-1622)

                   Name and profession

                    The work of Tinti in the stables

                    Fencing of the pastures at Cordoba la Vieja

                    The legend of the crossbreeding of the spanish horse

                    The hacas

                    Horses imported from Italy

             5.2. Alonso Carrillo Lasso (1622-1625)

             5.3. Diego López de Haro y Sotomayor (1626-1634) and successors

             5.4. Francisco de Haro Guzmán y Toledo (1695-1734)

             5.5. Francisco de Haro Guzmán y Álvarez de Toledo (1734-1789)


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