We are delighted to offer the publication of Mr Altamirano´s The Spanish Horse: the Evolution of its Morphology. Available in both Spanish and English. As in Mr Altamirano´s previous books, this is a state of the art editorial work, that includes pictures of the world´s best horse photographers.

The writer´s first and most revolutionary of his books, discovered the real origin of the Spanish Horse. In the second, the author demonstrated the leyend of the Carthusian Horses was completely false. In this book, Mr Altamirano shows us the creation process of our horse today´s morphology, explaining the reasons hidden behind it, and its evolution through the centuries. Reading this book you will learn things such as why grey was the most common color of these horses, why sorrel was excluded from the breed. You will realize how the ignorance of history led to the creation of myths and fantasies, that affected negatively the selection process of the Spanish horse. Today´s discussion about the frontonasal profile of our horse, how it was when this horse was created, and why it changed through time, is also part of the content of Mr Altamirano´s book.

The author also explains why elevated gaits were preferred and the origin of "el campaneo". He proves false other theories such as the influence of a certain geographical area (Marismas del Guadalquivir), and climate, as determinant factors in the Spanish Horse characteristical morphology and movements, the correlation between the fighting bull and the back shape of the Spanish Horse, or this horse´s most common color (grey) with the sun of Andalusia.

The reader will learn about the Spanish Horse original croup, neck, and the cause of the so called "gato"(fat neck). The writer proves that "Solo", the most famous and considered the purest "Carthusian" horse and original ancestor of the "El Bocado" blood line, was not part of that line, but just a horse that Mr. Vicente Romero acquired and rebranded with his brand.  He present documentary evidence which clearly indicates that the Spanish horse is not the result of natural evolution but rather the product of the greatest genetic project of history, the one undertaken in 1567 at the orders of King Philip II in the city of Cordoba for the purpose of creating a breed of horses which would have specific pre-established characteristics."  

Table of contents of book:



Chapter 1: Evolution

1. The evolution of the species

2. Adaptability

3. Natural selección

4. The evolution of the horses


Chapter 2: Reproduction

1. Artificial selection

2. On the concept of breed.

3. The standard

4. In-breeding


Chapter 3: The breed

1. The spanish breed

2. Stock The ideal horse

3. The rules


Chapter 4: The Head

The frontonasal profile (If you want to read this section click here)

1. The eyes

2. The Ears

3. The Nostrils

4. The Mouth

5. The curb groove

6. The tongue Teeth

7. The face


Chapter 5: The neck

1. Gato


Chapter 6: Coat Colors

1. Gray

2. Las verrugas (melanomas)

3. Black

4. Bay

5. Chestnut

6. Markings

7. Stockings and face markings

8. Whorls


Chapter 7: The back

1. The back

2. The withers

3. The loin

4. The croup

5. The mane and the tail

6. The shoulders

7. The limbs

8. The foreleg    

9. The forearm                

10. The Knee   

11. The hock

12. The cannon bone

13. The fetlock joint  

14. The pastern      

15. The feather   

16. The hoof       

17. The chest    

18.  The height


Chapter 8: The movements


Index of abbreviations


The book includes 384 pages of paper of 150 gr. stuccoing brilliance; measure 28,5 x 22 centímetros; 225 photos (145 color, 62 white and black, "2 double page white and black, 8 double page color, 4 complete page white and black, 16 complete page color" and 10 picture) of the considered to be the best Spanish Horses of recent history such as: Hechicero (1915), Americano (1927), Calzado (1942), Descarado II (1949), Maluso (1949), Agente (1959), Leviton (1970), Vasallo II (1983), Valido (1983), Gastador (1985), Alegre XIX (1994), Nadadora (1995), Alteza (1998) , Ungido IV (2000), and other famous horses and champions of Spain and of the better stud farms of Spain.

The cover is hard and "curpiel" of the color blue and stamping of the "gold" title in hot. The upon-cover is of paper stuccoed brightness of 200 gr. plastifiqued with color photograph and stamping of the "gold" title in hot and relief.

The Spanish Horse:

The Evolution of its Morphology


by Juan Carlos Altamirano

Spanish & English combined in one book 



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