The Hispano-Árabe has been bred in Andalusia since 1800. The current breed standard was published in 2002, and modified in 2005. Since 2008 the stud book has been held by the breeders' association, the Union Española de Ganaderos de Pura Raza Hispano-Árabe (UEGHá). At the end of 2010, a total of 5835 horses were registered, of which approximately 60% were in Andalusia. The breed is considered a "Raza Autóctona en Peligro de Extinción", or autochthonous breed in danger of extinction.
Hispano-Árabe horses can also be registered with the Andalusian Horse Association of Australasia and with the British Association for the Pure Raza Hispano-Árabe.
The Hispano-Árabe is well-proportioned and harmoniously made, with a slender outline and light movements. Due to the origins of the breed, there is considerable variation in appearance, which however does not in itself constitute a reason for disqualification from registration.
Males average 158 cm (15.2 h) at the withers and 450 kg (990 lb) in weight; females average 155 cm and 400 kg.
^ abcGanaderia: Raza equino caballar HISPANO-ÁRABE Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y Medio Rural y Marino. Accessed December 2011. (in Spanish) "Livestock: HISPANO-ÁRABE horse breed" (Click on HISPANO-ÁRABE in the EQUINO CABALLAR section, then Datos Generales tab)
Horse breeds thought to originate wholly or partly within the Iberian peninsula.
Some have complex or obscure histories, so inclusion here does not necessarily imply that a breed is predominantly or exclusively Iberian.