Our beautiful Andalusian horses.
Spain's elegant, intelligent Andalusian horses, known for their long, flowing manes, are descended from the Iberian war horses of Ferdinand and Isabella six centuries ago.
A bonafide Andalusian with a bloodline that can be traced back centuries is officially designated Pura Raza Española.
Each of El Rancho's horses featured below is Pura Raza Española, and seven have their own "passports" with official records in Spain's official horse registry.
You can tell Tambor is Raúl's favorite, because his nickname is "Guapo" (handsome).
Tambor is classified Castaño (Bay). He's a sweet, affectionate horse.
Tornado's feisty character befits his name. He's smart, and he's a well-trained, elegant performer.
He's classified "Tordo," or grey. It's the most common Andalusian coat color. 80 percent of Andalusians in America are Tordo. When they're young, they're very grey, and as they age, their coat whitens.
Archie's a younger horse, and as he gets older, he'll become more and more white.
He's officially designated Tordo (gray). He's got a friendly, spirited personality.
Bandido is a Negro (Black) Andalusian, which is fairly uncommon. In some of the shots his coat appears slightly brown, because Andalusians are never born black. As he gets older, he'll continue to get darker.
Bandido is also notable because he's one of the biggest—if not the biggest—stud on the ranch. Raúl likes his physical features: his bulk, the shape of his nose, and his height. He's already sired more than one foal on the ranch.
Navio was born in California, and would have grown up to be a Tordo (Gray). He looked almost black as a young colt, and as he grew he started to change, becoming more grey. You can see it in some of the shots, starting to appear on his right front leg.
Unfortunately one night in early 2016, Navio unexpectedly died. This is where we remember him.
Of El Rancho's colts, Navio most delighted Raúl because of his intelligence. Instead of simply standing still in the corral like some of the horses, you can see he would move the apparatus in circles for his exercise.