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CONFORMATION CHARACTERTSTICS
P.R.E. BREED PROTOTYPE

A | General characteristics
PRE Horses have average volume, intermediate lines with a sub-convex to straight profile, with proportionate conformation, remarkable general harmony and great beauty, with significant sexual dimorphism.
 
Their paces are brilliant, energetic, rhythmic and elastic with substantial elevation and extension and pronounced facility for collection.
Their energetic temperament, noble, docile and well-balanced personality combines with their great capacity for learning.


B | Conformational characteristics
Head
The official definition describes it as “an average sized head, which is rectangular, fine, with a straight or slightly concave profile; mobile ears of a medium size, well placed and parallel; a forehead wide, flat or slightly convex, big bright triangular eyes with an expressive look”.

Neck
Of average length and size, lightly arched and muscular (less so, in mares). Well inserted at the head and body. Abundant and silky mane.

Trunk
Proportionate and robust. The withers unobtrusively wide and obvious. Solid and muscular back. Wide, short loin, muscular and somewhat rounded, well joined to the back and to the croup.

Croup
This should be of average length and width, rounded and lightly sloping. The tail should be low-set and placed between the two buttocks; it should consist of abundant, long and often wavy hair.

Forehand
A long muscular, sloping and elastic shoulder. Strong humerus with a good inclination. Potent forearm, of average length. Well developed and lean knee.

Hindquarters
Well muscled thigh, lightly rounded and muscular buttock and long leg. Strong, wide and clean hock.

Movement
Agile, high, extensive, harmonic and rhythmic. With a particular predisposition for collection and turns on haunches.

To complement all these conformational characteristics, the thing most outstanding about this breed is its versatility.  This is due to the union of the following factors: mental balance, harmony, intelligence and will to work.

Temperament
The PRE is a well balanced and resistant horse. Energetic, noble and docile, which adapts itself with ease to diverse uses and situations.

It is very responsive to the rider’s aids and has a good mouth, and therefore is obedient, with an easy understanding between it and the rider and is extraordinarily comfortable.


C | Phaneroptical Characteristics
Fine, short hair. Dominant colors are gray and bay but other colors are acceptable.


D | Behavior and Temperament
Rustic, sober, balanced and resistant horses.  Long suffering and energetic. Noble and docile. Learn easy and are able to adapt to a variety of uses and situations.


E | Functional Characteristics and Aptitudes
Excellent aptitude for performing a variety of functions, with a good response to the rider’s aids and with a good mouth, making them obedient, easily understanding the rider and extraordinarily comfortable.

Their main use is for riding, being ideal for schooling work on the flat (high school, dressage and doma vaquera), for rejoneo (horseback bull fighting), acoso & derribo (chasing and testing of young bulls), for driving, working with livestock, field activities and other equestrian disciplines.  Their movements are agile, high, extensive, harmonic and rhythmic. They have a special predisposition for collection and turns on the haunches.

 

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