Finding your Lusitano

LOOKING FOR YOUR PERFECT IBERIAN HORSE – It all starts by contacting us…

With Lusitano Horse Finder you have different ways to find your horse and it really depends on what type of support through the process suits you the best.

We like to discuss with you in detail more about the type of horse you are looking for –

  • Age
  • Sex
  • Temperament
  • Height
  • Bloodlines
  • Training Level
  • Your Riding Level
  • Likes and dislikes
  • What is the horse for breeding, competition, leisure, shows etc
  • Where will the horse be going

It does help to discuss a little about budget as the horses very a great deal in price levels.

Once we have established a good understanding of the type of Lusitano horse you are looking for then we can start sending you suggestions with photos and video.

From this we hope that together we will work out a list of Lusitanos for you to see and try.  

Now you have a couple of choices –

We can meet you at the airport or hotel and take you directly to the horses.  This does mean you can relax and arrive fresh without the stress of driving and finding places.  

If you take this option we do ask that you cover our costs  in terms of car hire, road tolls, fuel and refreshments.  Sometimes it is necessary to stay in another hotel one night as the distances between the horses makes it more comfortable this way.

The second option – we organise all your appointments for you, send you the contact details and addresses so you can make your own way there.  We would like at some stage during your trip to meet up for a review and ensure all is going well for you.

We do have clients that buy without coming to look at the horses. Although we don’t recommend this we do fully appreciate that some prefer this approach and for others it is not convenient to visit.  In these cases we will endeavour to give you as much video, photo and horse history we can.

We do have many very satisfied customers who have bought this way.

“I purchased a 5 yr old Lusitano stallion from Portugal for dressage in 2013.
Teresa did all the leg work. She sent video and went out to see the stallion for updated videos. She arranged for contact with an FEI vet for the vet check, which was videoed, and arranged shipping on the European end. We used email to communicate with all parties. Payment was done with a wire transfer.
Everyone was extremely professional and really easy to work with. Scheduling all the necessary steps and tests etc. takes a bit of patience but well worth the effort.

The stallion arrived in great shape and he is everything he was advertised and more. I would do it again without hesitation.”

Sundi – USA

We highly recommend when you come to try horses that you always bring your own riding clothing, a safety helmet and appropriate riding boots.  You cannot rely on the yards to supply these and there are not many tack shops.

Also have your own insurance. 

We recommend you only get on horses you feel happy and comfortable with.  Also best to see owner/rider work them first.

If you are looking at horses in liberty we advise that you watch from the viewing area and not inside the arena.  If you choose to be in the arena with them please take caution as horses can become playful especially young colts and stallions. They may want to bull fight you :-).

We will not send you to poor quality establishments with bad conditions and we will always endeavour to choose appropriate horses but not every horse suits every person.  Also we can only describe a horse as we saw him at the time, things can change and we cannot be held responsible for this.

Please see our terms and conditions


The Lusitano Horses We Offer

We are committed to ensuring that we offer quality pure bred Lusitanos and part bred Lusitanos from reputable breeders and trainers known to us.

The majority of Lusitanos we include on our website are all assessed prior to featuring them.  If we include a horse that we have not assessed ourselves there will be a note beside the horse stating this and it will have come from a breeder or trainer we know and trust.

When assessing a Lusitano horse we look for the following –

  • Temperament – How are they to handle in stable, grooming, washing, leading, interaction with rider and other horses etc
  • Soundness – The horses are walked out and trotted up to evaluate
  • Conformation
  • Movement – we will see the horse in one or more of the following activities:
    – Loose in School
    – On the Lunge
    – Ridden – in all paces
  • Training level – Competition experience/results etc
  • Check all paperwork – APSL

We will photograph and film the Lusitano horse ensuring that the film will represent him exactly as he is when we see it.  We believe it is important that you see the horse as we do, so within our video we will show the horse beginning work and progressing through the paces.

When we write up our observations about each horse we will always include everything we have seen hiding nothing from the buyer. We do not include any horses on the website or social media platforms such as facebook, twitter, instagram etc that we feel may have an undesirable temperament or behavioural problems. Of course we cannot be held responsible for any horses temperament and or behaviour at anytime we can only say what we see at the time of our visit.


Choosing your Lusitano horse see link for characteristics and conformation of a Lusitano  – This is a link to features of a lusitano

When you are looking at the horses you can use the same format as us above – Try not to be in a hurry.  See the horse in liberty, ridden inside and outside, handled on ground etc. 

Only ride if you are comfortable to do so. 

If you view the horse a second time which we recommend ride from the start if comfortable to do so. 

Ask to see the blue book (passport) or relevant paperwork.

If we are showing the horse to you we will take video and photos for you using our equipment but for speed please remember to bring your own equipment especially if you are going without us.

Bring correct riding attire and a sun hat can be very important.

5 Stage Pre Purchase Vet Examinations

Lusitano Horse Finder highly recommend that when buying a Lusitano horse that you ensure the horse has a full 5 stage pre purchase examination prior to buying the horse. It is advisable to include blood tests and x-rays within the examination. See what a pre purchase exam involves

We have formed links with the best equine vets in Portugal and are very happy to provide you with their contact details or to contact them on your behalf. Once contacted they will deal directly with you when it comes to the examination and the results.

Read about one of our recommended vets – Joao Crespo FEI Vet   

In addition to a full vet inspection there will be an additional vet check required within 48 hours of transporting the horse within the European Community. More is required for further afield such as America, Canada, Australia etc and will include quarantine procedures.


There is a certain amount of paperwork required when transferring ownership of your chosen Lusitano to you. Go the the APSL page to find out all you need to know.

Having a stallion castrated

Very few Lusitanos are offered for sale in Portugal and Spain as geldings it’s more traditional to keep all males entire.  The stallions are generally kept stabled from the age of 3 years old and only a small amount of yards have turnout for them.  For many buyers it is better have a gelding or mare to fit with living environment they have for their horses.  As a result most people prefer to have a horse gelded this way they can keep to horse in most livery yards situations and can often have a more rounded life than stallions with turnout etc.

In addition if you are not experienced in handling a stallion it makes much more sense to you and and your horse to consider castration.

We can refer you to top vets in Portugal that offer this service and we recommend that you take into account approximately a one month recovery period before transporting your horse. The process to castrate a male horse is a fairly simple surgical procedure with few risks but there are things to consider when making this decision click here

It is important to understand that geldings (castrated Horses) can take up to 6 months to finally finish producing stallion-like behaviour. It is also important to understand that castrating a younger male compared to an older male with a more established behaviour and personality will most likely be different.  Some older males will even after castrating keep some of their stallion characteristics and it may mean they will always need to be turned out separately and a little care required when around lots of horses.

We do always have some gelding available for sale.

Transporting Lusitano Horses from Portugal throughout Europe

When you have chosen your Lusitano horse and all vet examinations have been completed, you will be looking to import your horse from Portugal to the UK or somewhere else in Europe. Transporting horses by road to UK can be as quick as 24 hours or take several days depending on the transport provider you select, their pick ups in Portugal and Spain and the horse’s final destination.

See our page on transporting your horse

In addition to finding your horse supporting you through the vet check process, providing information and support in paperwork and transport we also offer on going training and livery services


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Our Road to Excellence Horse Care and Training  Programmes

One of the aspects we offer is our management ‘Peace of mind programmes’ for you and your horse. This is made up of a number of on going dynamic services

On Going Training Programme  – Try our Road to Excellence Programmes

If you are leaving your horse in Portugal to backed for riding or continue his training we understand how difficult it can be to be certain all is going well.  Our programme is designed to give you top quality service and peace of mind.  

We have already placed many clients horses in training in Portugal and have learnt from them what services are the most important to offer.

We only work with quality training establishments that have horse care and customer care at the forefront of their work.

Untitled 19The ‘Road to Excellence’ project offers everything from livery, training, shoeing, vet, saddle fitting, nutrition, dentist, horse massage etc, biting advice plus we do regular visits, photos and video up dates.  In addition when you take your horse back your country we can arrange clinics for you and your horse there.

Read more about The Road To Excellence

 Feel free to contact us with any questions

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