Living in the Iberian Peninsula for thousands of years, the Andalusian has been used as a war horse, a stock horse, for dressage, and as a gift to nobility for diplomatic purposes–for a time, all kings rode Spanish horses. When the breed became available for export in the 1960’s and the breed was in dire straights from disease and cross breeding, Astranar was eager to swoop in and gain their own book. This is an extra breed, so you will have to pay real-world funds in order to add it to your stable.
Andalusians can be traced to cave paintings from 20,000 to 30,000 BCE, though all modern Andalusians trace their lines back to a small group bred by religious orders in the 18th and 19th centuries. They are known as being intelligent, sensitive horses. The bodies are described as elegantly and strongly built, with long and broad necks and massive chests. They have short backs, and strong, broad hindquarters, with clean legs (excessive feathering is frowned upon). A study has shown that this breed overtracks less and has highly flexible joints, which make contribute to how excellent they are at dressage. When treated with respect, they are eager to learn and cooperative.
While originally bred for stock work and war, including having heavier set horses introduced into the bloodline for this purpose, the modern Andalusian is used primarily for dressage and show jumping. Arabian and other warmbloods were added back to the bloodline to balance out the heavier horses. They have a few subtypes, but most aren’t regarded as separate breeds, so the Andalusian remains “the Horse of Kings.” Because of their regal bearing and flashy stepping style, they are commonly used in the film industry. There isn’t much about the Emerald District that reminds the Andalusian of home, but with dressage being their featured race, they are still set to succeed.
Andalusians are most commonly found in grey and bay. Other solid colors are possible, such as chestnut (red coat with red mane), palomino, black, buckskin and sorrel (red coat with blonde mane, again for our purposes, see above).
Starting Stats: *
Speed: 3 Discipline: 5
Endurance: 3 Agility: 3
* Note, these numbers aren’t set in stone. They are Becca’s way of trying to reduce her knowledge/research of breeds and their particular skills and traits into numbers so when animators and programmers have to look at these horses, they can go, “Oh, this horse can’t turn worth beans but this one can on a dime, noted!”