From ancient times, the horse has played an important role in our culture, a fact which has been demonstrated through numerous pictorial testimonies.
In the Iberian Peninsula in particular, it is known that horses already formed part of the everyday life activities in the earliest civilisations. These activities were to gain importance in parallel to the rise of the large cities which spread across our land and whose main writers were to praise the magnificence of the horse.
The origins of the influence of the horse and, in particular the Andalusian horse, within our culture coincides with the flourishing of the first large civilisations in the Peninsula. The Carthaginians incorporated large numbers of horses into their armies due to their strength and endurance. Later, the ancient Romans were capable of appreciating the bravery of the Andalusian horse and used this breed to its full potential both as a means of transportation in civilian life, as well as in the frequent violent conflicts, as a sign of distinction reserved for kings and emperors. Horses were also selected for the events in the Roman Circus.
The importance of horses, and even the equine culture which existed in the Iberian Peninsula at that time, can be clearly seen in the written testimonies which have been documented by some of the great classical writers such as Homer, Xenophon, Virgil or Pliny. The invasion of the Germanic hordes did not have an influence on the characteristics of the Andalusian horse. This can be explained by the fact that these invaders made their entry into the Iberian Peninsula largely on foot and the few specimens of horses which were brought into the Peninsula did not mix in significant numbers with the autochthonous herds, given that, in addition, Roman laws were upheld in defence of the Spanish specimens.