Alter Real Horse


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Description of the Alter Reals


The Alter Real is a Warmblood breed from Portugal. This breed is similar to other horses of the Iberian type and is referred to as a special lineage of the Lusitanos. Similar breeds are Andalusians or PRE.


Due to the beautiful gaits and movements, such as the high knee action, the Alter Real is very well suited as a dressage horse. It has had some success in dressage and is very popular in the industry. But the breed is also very well regarded as a leisure horse, which is probably due to the great character of these horses.



The Alter Real is now considered a particularly well-bred type of Lusitano with a very uniform overall picture. The main feature of this breed is the brown coat color with lush black long hair in the mane and tail. In contrast to the Lusitanos, the Alter Real do not have a ram's head, but rather a straight profile, a small head, and expressive eyes. He has a well-set neck, a broad square body with a short strong back. The group is strong and sloping and the hindquarters are well angulated. In addition, the breed has a very hard hoof and a hard bone structure with elastic pasterns. The height at the stick of an Alter Real is between 153 and 163cm. The breed consists mainly of browns, but also foxes and grays.



The Alter Real is a very intelligent, willing to learn, and courageous horse. They have a high willingness to learn and a calm temperament. In addition, Altér Reals have an accentuated movement, expressive gaits, and a nice knee action. They can also be very nervous and tough. All in all, they have a very balanced, relaxed character that many recreational riders appreciate.


The breeding history of the Alter Reals


The Alter Real originated in Portugal. They are a Portuguese breed founded by the Braganca dynasty. In 1748 a stud farm was opened with about 50 first-class Andalusian mares. The breed owes its name to the Altér Stud and "real" means "royal". The horses were used as parade and sport horses in the Portuguese royal court and thus received their current name. It became very fashionable to ride "high school" and so the ruling house began to refine the breed with 300 Andalusian mares.
At the beginning of the 19th century, bad times began for the Alter stud farm. The horse population in Portugal was stolen and destroyed by Napoleon's army, and the breed almost disappeared.
Later, attempts were made again with English, French, German, and also Arabian horses to stabilize breeding again. However, this did not work as desired. It was only when Spanish horses began to be introduced into breeding that breeding could be properly developed.
The dissolution of the Portuguese monarchy in the 20th century eventually led to the closure of the Alter Studand the stud archives were destroyed. We owe the preservation of the breed to the private breeder apologist Dr. Ruy D'Andrade, who rescued 11 Alter mares and 3 stallions to protect and restore the breed. Today the breed is bred in pure breeding.



One of the best-known and most successful horses from the Alter Real breed is the stallion, Rubi. AR., who has also presented himself at the European and World Championships. His career was shaped by his appearance at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

This stallion was nominated as a premium stallion in the Portuguese studbook because he had many international successes in dressage and produced magnificent offspring.


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