The Azteca, a very modern
breed developed in Mexico around 1972, was established with the
combined efforts of several Mexican organizations, all of which
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has increased in popularity and has grown to challenge the place
of the Native Mexican, or the Mexican Criollo. These horses have
rigorously been selectively bred since 1972 and strict breeding
codes are enforced to ensure the continued success of the breed.
This breed evolved through
the crossbreeding of Andalusian stallions
with Quarter Horse mares or vice versa, or by crossing approved
Criollo mares with Andalusian stallions. In order to cement the
best qualities of three different breeds in one horse, the crossbreeding
of the Azteca was very scientifically researched. The most common
of the cross breeds is the cross of an Andalusian stallion with
a Quarter Horse mare. Subsequent generations can then, consequently,
be bred back and forth. The offspring of these horse must always
be 6/8 or less of any of the individual breeds.
In 1992, the International
Azteca Horse Association was set up to oversee the continuing success
and development of the Azteca breed and at the same time, affiliated
associations were formed in Canada and America. Currently, there
are around a thousand Aztecas registered with the International
Association, with this figure increasing daily. These horses are
elegant, attractive, and are versatile and athletic, combining all
the best qualities of the Andalusian and the Quarter Horse. They
are suitable for any type of riding, including competitive fields
and light draft and farm work.
The Azteca generally has
an excellent temperament and is known for being calm-minded, energetic,
intelligent, and willing. In appearance they have attractively Spanish
shaped heads with small alert ears and large eyes. They have
muscular, well set necks with a gentle arch, and nicely sloping
shoulders. They should be nice and deep and wide through the chest,
have prominent withers and a straight back with muscular hindquarters.
The legs are strong and sturdy with good joints, long cannon bones,
and well-formed feet.
Aztecas can be any solid
color, and the females must exceed 14.3 hands high while the males
must exceed 15 hands high.
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