The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 47, July 1943 - April, 1944 Page: 252
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
and pasture lands that the ancients spoke of its luxuriant verdure as the
Elysian fields, for no other land produces such excellent fruit, and just as
nature is more fertile and productive there, so does Andalucia produce
the greatest number of the best horses. Though it is true that Spanish
horses are the best, and the best of them are from Andalucia, even there
some are better than others, such as the horses from Sevilla, Jerez de la
Frontera, and C6rdoba. The gentlemen of the latter two cities are
brothers-in-arms, yet they continually quarrel over the respective merits
of their horses. Likewise the horses from Ubeda and Baeza are among the
best, although they are not so trim; those of Jaen, Ecija, and Marchena
are considered good, as well as those from other parts of Andalucia where
gentlemen do not breed them, though there is fodder and grass which,
together with the climate and temperature, naturally produce good horses
from which nearly all the kings and princes of the world fill their stables;
for they value no horse that does not come from Andalucia. Some writers
say the excellence of these breeds comes from having mixed them with
African horses, but there are others who consider it more likely that the
African horses have been improved by the excellence of our horses, which
we can well appreciate, since we have so many of them that it would be
difficult to give an account of the superb horses that live today; and in
order not to go into too great detail I will not mention them here.3
3Other works by Fernandez de Andrada which would be of interest to
horsemen and to historians working on the Spanish horse are Libro de la
gineta de Espaia (Seuilla, 1599), and Nuevos discursos de la gineta de
Espala sobre el use del cabez6n (Seuilla, 1616).
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