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An Andalusian man without his horse is like a matador without a cape.
An Andalusian man without his horse is like a matador without a cape.

Horse Riding in Andalucia

An Andalusian man without his horse is like a matador without a cape. He feels stripped of an essential part of his identity that has been formed over the centuries. It is part of his life, his work, his status, his culture, his earthly possessions... his horse is central to his very being.

You have only to attend one of the many ferias and romerias that take place throughout Spain in the summer to witness the pride with which these young men, attired in traje corto or short suit, with their polkadotted, flamenco-costumed girlfriends astride behind, show off their prancing stallions and mares to their friends and relations.

Horses have played an integral part in rural life for centuries. In fact, the Andalucian horse is possibly one of the best-loved exports of this region.

Whether you want to know what's on in the way of competitions or you are simply passing through Andalucia and would like to go for a gentle ride through a forest of cork, Andalucia.com can help you find what you're looking for...

Horse Riding Hotels Visiting Horse Ranches
This selection of hotels and accommodation which offer horse-riding services is perfect for those who want to enjoy riding while away from home, or perhaps even start learning for the first time.
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For those who are looking for a bit of fun and adventure, as well as learning about the wonderful culture Andalusia has to offer, there are many equestrian ranches which offer some great day packages.
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Andalucian Horse History Bullfighting
The world's most aristocratic equine population owes its fame to the Andalucían horse, along with the Arab and, much later, the thoroughbred.
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Not all bullfights feature horses. Look for the word 'Rejoneo' to be sure to witness some of the most skilled and impressive displays of Spanish horsemanship.
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Classic Trails Displays
The classic smugglers' routes through the cork forests surrounding Ronda and the wild unspoilt beaches along the Atlantic coast are firm favourites.
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There are some stunning equestrian displays, probably the most famous of which is the Real Escuela del Arte Andaluz in Jerez.
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Glossary Hiring Horses
A basic Spanish/English dictionary of horse terms to get you started.
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Farms, riding schools, hotels and small stables offer a wide range of horses ranging from solid local Andalucian horses to stunning white stallions with tumbling manes.
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Horse Racing Jerez
This 'Sport of Kings' is not particularly widespread in Andalucia, however, the famous races on the beaches of Sanlucar de Barrameda during the month of August should not be missed.
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No lover of equestrian arts should miss Jerez.
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Mijas Hipodromo Polo
Imagine a night out at the races at any time of the year. This dream is made reality at the Costa del Sol Race Course.
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Quite apart from the social scene, polo is a fast and exciting contact sport. The most important events in Andalucia's Polo calendar are the Summer high-goal Tournaments at the Santa Maria Polo club in Sotogrande.
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Raid Kaliber Riding Lessons
The Kaliber Race was the world's longest horse race
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There are a number of places where you can have lessons, ranging from basic tuition to gaining a full BHSI examination.
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Summer Festivals Sunshine Tour
Horses play an important part in many of the traditional Spanish festivals, ranging from the simple Romerias (country picnics) to the huge ferias of Seville and Jerez.
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Each year in February and March the Sunshine Tour takes place in Montenmedio near Vejer in Cadiz.
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Spanish Studs The Calpe Hunt in Gibraltar
The Spanish Government in Madrid takes seriously the preservation of its equine heritage.
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This traditional hunt owes its formation to the Gibraltar Garrison Chaplain.
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Andalucian Horse Equestrian Itineraries or Trails
After almost eight centuries of domination by the Arabs the legacy they left Spain consists not only of some beautiful words such as algibes, almenas and alcazares, but also of one of the most precious treasures of all, the Andalusian (or Spanish) horse.
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Andalusia is carved by many old cattle tracks flanked by hills and walls of stone, as well as bridle paths and paved Roman roads that are steeped in history. The assigned horse riding routes in Andalusia are known as Itinerarios Ecuestres (Equestrian Itineraries).
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Horse Drawn Carriages Livery
Horse drawn carriages have always played an enormous role in Andalusia's great heritage. It has proved to be a very popular discipline within the equine community, almost more popular than dressage in the competition ring.
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To those who are perhaps not familiar with the term "livery", it is simply a yard of stables where horse owners pay a weekly or monthly fee to keep their horses on the premises and use the facilities.
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