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Line breeding vs. in-breeding….
We carefully plan every foal, meticulously researching the past century of pedigrees to produce our next generation of the exalted Spanish horse.
Our breeding program is designed to retain the coveted Bocado attributes using distant line breeding. Our stock descends from the most prominent studs from the Bocado Line. When tracing these lines to circa 1900, it becomes apparent that the Bocado breeders were working with related stock. We select for complimentary traits when pairing each individual to produced the best possible outcome. This enhances the odds of achieving the desired results, protects the Bocado line, and safeguards the gene pool from in-breeding.
The result is intensely satisfying…. A versatile, noble, athletic, intelligent, fearless and loving foal— capable of forming a deep connection with their human partner. Imagine the thrill on a balanced, sure footed, smooth and responsive horse that moves under the slightest shift of pressure, from anticipation of your queue. Once you have experienced this connection, you will never settle for less!
Genil, Champion of Spain, bred by Miguel Angel Cardenas, the top honored breeder of Spain. Genil is the grandsire of Conquistador
Fernando C. de Terry and his wife Isabel Morello Terry (above right) were prominent Bocado breeders of the 20th century. After the passing of its proprietors, the Terry stud was declared a National Monument by the Spanish government. Today it continues to operate with over 300 horses. See ARTICLES for a story on this famous stud.
For more information, see the article on the History of the Bocado
For further research visit our Library for suggested reading.
Indiano XVIII Champion of Spain, sire of Conquistador . Visit Reference Sires for the Foundations of our breeding program.
Jacqueline Kennedy & the Duchess of Alba on Bocado horses
The Bocado has been widely used by producers of bullfighting horses in Spain such as Casa Domecq, Peralta, Miura, as well as in Portugal as foundation stock to develop certain lines of the Lusitano.
The past generation of Pure Spanish Horses captured the essence of breed qualities we seek to preserve. They were meticulous in selection and practiced culling to maintain quality. Horses were also culled for poor temperaments well into the 1970s.
We are breeding our third generation in 2009 and aspire to continue to preserve the legacy of the Pure Spanish Horse.
Miguel Angel Cardenas Osuna
Joaquin Conesa, Guadiana de Nobleza
Miguel Jose Lovera
Fernando C. de Terry y Isabel Morello Terry
Juan Manuel Urquijo y Novales
Roberto Osborne Vasquez
Extensive research into bloodlines brought us to the Cartujano (Carthusian) lines, best known for their expressive baroque characteristics. The Cartujano horse, also called Bocado for the brand of the bit, originated in the 1400s. They possess great beauty and exhibit high carriage and traditional elevated movement with extreme impulsion, still called for today by the breed standard. They are vastly intelligent and sensitive with genteel temperaments and riveting presence. The pure Cartujano (Bocado) is unmistakably Andalusian in all his glory & are very rare numbering around 1,000 worldwide.
The Bocado represents one of many bloodlines in Spain and over time have been incorporated by many breeders into their programs. The Yeguada Militar stud run by the Spanish government utilized a number of Bocado stallions in the 1900s. Their descendants are prevalent in the Spanish Royal School of Equestrian Arts and prominent studs of Spain.
We believe the reason the Cartujano most closely represents the original breed type is that they escaped the influence of crossbreeding by the military to outside breeds, including Draft, Arabian & Thoroughbreds, by virtue of protection from the monks in centuries past.
Genetics: The ability of one parent, variety, or strain to transmit or impress its individual traits or hereditary characteristics to an offspring, apparently to the exclusion of the other parent, variety, or strain, because it possesses more homozygous, or dominant, (epistatic) genes.
Isabel Morello Terry
At Andalusians de Mythos we produce exceptional horses with beautiful breed type, correct conformation and brilliant movement. A sound mind, a kind and willing heart and excellent disposition is also a fundamental requirement.
Our mares and stallions descend from several generations of champions of Spain from the most coveted bloodlines of the past century. We are dedicated to continue the tradition of excellence.
The Pure Spanish horse or Andalusian existed before Greek and Roman times— see breed history. Over time it has survived the ravages of war, drought, disease, recession, politics, ignorance, and greed. Today, the Andalusian is considered a rare breed in the USA and is highly treasured by loyal aficionados.
Bloodlines are the intimate family of genes that mark the qualities of the breed and differentiate the type within a breed. As a line is developed over generations, these inherent qualities become the defining attributes that distinguish the bloodlines (ex: a Straight Egyptian vs Polish Arab).
The attributes sought by the breeder become deeply embedded and concentrated in his/her line over generations as the breeder selects for specimens with complimentary type. Often this type is developed from crossing relatives from the 3rd to 5th generation or farther back, and is referred to as line breeding. The less influx of outcrossing to other lines, the more stable or predictable the results. The same is true for undesirable traits, so the goal of any quality breeding program is to diminish the objectionable characteristics and adhere to breed standards.
The older the bloodline, the more ingrained the prepotency of the race. A line bred Andalusian, when crossed to a modern breed, such as Morgan, Saddlebred, AQHA, etc, will often produce foals that look purebred or very close.
We are most respectful of the mysteries of genetic prepotency; yet a breed can be changed, even lost forever in a short span of time by indiscriminate or careless breeding practices. The Aspiration…. the heart of this endeavor is the passionate drive to preserve and perpetuate the heritage of our ancestors, and to honor the long history and tradition of this horse.
Andalusians de Mythos
PRE ~ Pure Spanish ~ Pura Raza Espaňola ~ El Caballos Espaňol ~ Lusitano ~ APSL
Stallions at Stud ~ Purebreds Available
Exceptional Quality ~ Classical Type