Spanish-Norman Horse

The Spanish-Norman is a breed of horse that originated in Spain. It was developed by crossing the Andalusian of Spain and the Percheron of France. In 1991 a registry was formed in Connecticut, United States to maintain the breed. As of 2011, there were over 100 Andalusian stallions in the registry as foundation sires.

The Andalusian was a descendent of the Iberian horse of Spain and originated in the Andalusia region. The Percheron horse originated in France in the former Perche province, but its exact origin is unknown.

The head of the Spanish-Norman is refined and convex with a long neck. It has long legs, a broad chest, short back, muscular hindquarters and a full mane and tail. The usual color of the breed is gray, but some are bay or black. The horse stands between 63 and 68 inches high.

To be eligible for registry they are required to maintain at least 50 percent Andalusian blood. They are also eligible to compete in IALHA-sponsored shows.

The Percheron are known for its strength and the Andalusian for its elegance. So the Spanish-Norman is ideal for use in the show ring, driving, eventing, exhibitions and parades.

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