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Country of originSpain
  • Male:
    450 kg
  • Female:
    400 kg
  • Male:
    158 cm
  • Female:
    155 cm
Breed standards

The Hispano-Árabe is a Spanish horse breed originating from the cross-breeding of Arab and Andalusian horses.


The Hispano-Árabe has been bred in Andalusia since about 1800. The current breed standard was published in 2002, and modified in 2005.[1] Since 2008 the stud book has been held by the breeders' association, the Union Española de Ganaderos de Pura Raza Hispano-Árabe (UEGHá).[2] 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.[1]

Hispano-Árabe horses can also be registered with the Andalusian Horse Association of Australasia and with the British Association for the Pura Raza Hispano-Árabe.[3][4]


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.[5] It is usually either grey or dark-coloured.[6]: 472 

Males average 158 cm (15.2 hands) at the withers and 450 kg (990 lb) in weight; females average 155 cm and 400 kg.[7]


The Hispano-Árabe is a saddle-horse, suitable for equestrian sports such as acoso y derribo, show-jumping, dressage, cross-country, endurance and TREC; as a working horse for doma vaquera and herding, its traditional use; and for trekking and group sports.[8][3]


  1. ^ a b Raza equino caballar Pura Raza Hispano-Árabe: Datos generales (in Spanish). Ministerio de Agricultura, Pesca y Alimentación. Accessed August 2018.
  2. ^ Union Española de Ganaderos de Pura Raza Hispano-Árabe (in Spanish). Accessed December 2011.
  3. ^ a b Breed profile British Association for the Pure Raza Hispano-Árabe. Accessed December 2011.
  4. ^ Hispano-Arabe. Andalusian Horse Association of Australasia. Accessed August 2018.
  5. ^ ORDEN APA/3277/2002, de 13 de diciembre, por la que se establecen las normas zootécnicas de la raza equina Hispano-Árabe (in Spanish). Ministerio de Medio Ambiente, y Medio Rural y Marino. Accessed December 2011.
  6. ^ Valerie Porter, Lawrence Alderson, Stephen J.G. Hall, D. Phillip Sponenberg (2016). Mason's World Encyclopedia of Livestock Breeds and Breeding (sixth edition). Wallingford: CABI. ISBN 9781780647944.
  7. ^ Breed data sheet: Hispano-Arabe/Spain Domestic Animal Diversity database of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Accessed December 2011.
  8. ^ Raza equino caballar Pura Raza Hispano-Árabe: Usos y sistema de explotación (in Spanish). Ministerio de Agricultura, Pesca y Alimentación. Accessed August 2018.