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Breeds that originate from the Iberian Peninsula are surprisingly hardy in comparison to other breeds. The Iberian Peninsula is quite a rugged and dry terrain and the horses living there evolved to be strong, sure footed and agile as a direct consequence of their climate. Feed for them was dry grass low in protein and sugars and they had to walk long distances in search of it. Therefore, modern day Andalusian and Lusitanos are generally easy keepers and don’t require excessive supplementation or heavy grain. Feeds with molasses or high sugar content can easily trigger problems like laminitis and insulin resistance so care must be taken when selecting feeding regimes.
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