The Abaco Barb is quite literally the most endangered horse breed on the planet. Their bloodlines come from the animals brought over from Europe by Spanish explorers.
Not Your Average Spanish Horse
Interestingly enough this breeds DNA doesn’t just come from the mighty Andalusian. Many of their distinct characteristics (namely that beautiful profile) come from the Barbary horses off the North Coast of Africa.
The Barbary horse was brought to Spain by the Moors when they invaded in 711 AD and the Spanish quickly formed an appreciation for this lighter desert breed.
Creation of A Hardy Breed
After the Moors were driven out of their country the Spanish began crossbreeding the Barbary animals with their own superior breeds.
The result was an incredibly smart animal, supremely built to withstand speed at long distances and under extreme conditions.
The strength of the Barb animals made them an obvious choice for the long boat journey west to the new world.
Find Out More
To learn more about these beautiful animals be sure to visit The Abaco Wild Horse Fund and for more in-depth info The Bahamas Weekly posted a great article about the Abaco Barb.