The Alter Real is very closely related to the better known Lusitano. This horse breed origins from Portugal, precisely it began as carriage horses in Lisbon, where the purpose was to provide horses for the Royal Stables that were suitable for classical equitation. But no one is certain about Lusitanos origin.
Probably it descends from the Spanish Andalusian horse. When the Muslims invaded Iberia in 711 AD, they brought Barb horses with them that were crossed with the native horses. The cross between these two horse breeds produced a war horse superior even to the original Iberian horse it also became useful for dressage and bullfighting.
The bond between Iberian humans and horses was the initial inspiration for the centaur. There are lots of legends which claim that mares of the area where sired by the wind. The Alter Real breed comes from Alter do Chao, a small city in Portugal.
The breed obtains its name from Alter- the name of the city and Real which means royal in Portuguese, so this breed is the royal breed of Alter. Alter Real is termed as a baroque horse, which describes horses of medieval descent.
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