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Bold, brave, and athletic, the Lusitano is the traditional horse of the Portuguese mounted bullfighters and revered by the country’s classical riding masters. Similar in build to the P.R.E. horses of Spain, the two breeds are thought to have originated from a common source on the Iberian Peninsula thousands of years ago. Portugal closed its studbooks to Spanish horses in 1960, renaming its breed the Lusitano. Blessed with a thick, luxurious mane and tail, the Lusitano’s more convex profile is reminiscent of the old Andalusian.