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In 1972 the Mexican Charros (cowboys) began a quest to produce a horse with the agility, quickness, and cow sense to work on their cattle ranches. For this they chose the Andalusian to cross with their Quarter Horses and Criolla mares. The results were astounding, a horse with speed, heart, stamina, grace and an outstanding disposition and ability to learn. That horse not only possessed the ability to work on their ranches but also the versatility to have many other uses. The Azteca was born, and in the years following has acquired so much recognition it has earned the title of the “National Horse of Mexico”.


The Andalusian used to breed with their mares , is an Ancient and rare breed . They are very sturdy with a long sloping shoulder , natural collection , extremely sturdy legs and hooves. Sought after for their quiet temperament they are easily handled yet have a reserve of energy when called upon. They are the horses that through out history, were revered for their abilities when used as warhorse. These same skills were used in Spain and Portugal to work the cattle and the notorious fighting bulls and still are today. In the bull ring they carry their riders with unimaginable grace and speed.


Today, 80 percent of all modern breeds , including the Quarter horse, trace back to the illustrious horse of Spain and Portugal. The American Azteca combines both the new and the old world, resulting in a noble, docile, agile, proud spectacular horse. The breed is very easy to train and once taught, never forgets.



Although the Azteca, as a breed, originated in Mexico, it was felt that the American culture demanded a little different type of horse to fit their need, thus the American Azteca. We in no way want to offend the Mexican standards as they are the original developer of this magnificent breed. We feel that to be successful in "America" the American people need and want a little different type of horse than the horse that is desired in Mexico. Our American Azteca Horses will be modeled closely after their Mexican cousins but with a little more diversity to fit the American market.


     We still base the breed on the combination of Quarter Horse and Andalusian blood and intend to promote a high quality of horse. Because of our efforts to make this breed a success in America , we are not calling our breed "Azteca", but rather "The American Azteca Horse". This signifies that we are the American version of the fabulous Azteca which was originally created in Mexico .


This breed inherits beauty, temperament , pride , agility, and Spirit from their Andalusian blood and strength heart and speed from their Quarter Horse Blood. The breed requires there be no more that 3/4 Andalusian or Quarter Horse blood . The American Azteca should be a good balance between the two breeds with qualities of both. The intention is to create a new type that exhibits the best of both breeds .


The recommended characteristics of the American Azteca are as follows. Some variations are seen.


Size ranges from 14.2 to 16.1 . Both Quarter Horse and Paint horses proving no more than 1/4 TB can be used for breeding American Aztecas.


All AQHA and APHA markings and colors are acceptable. The head is of medium size with a straight, slightly convex or slightly concave profile with a broad forehead, expressive eyes and medium ears which are mobile and well placed. The neck well muscled, shapely, and slightly arched with a medium crest and a broad base where it joins on to a long sloping shoulder. A long flowing mane and tail are often seen. The withers broad and slightly muscled, yet defined. The haunches, strong and well muscled leading to a well set medium to low tail. The legs are well muscled with dense bone, good joints and strong hooves. Retained from the Andalusian is a free shoulder and hip which allows them to be incredible athletic and smooth to ride. Their movement is naturally collected with a variance of knee action from high and brilliant to long and flowing.


All of this creates a horse anyone would be proud to own.




American Aztecas respond brilliantly to the different equine high school disciplines requiring suspended and elevated gaits and the qualities passed on from both parent breeds make them also, a skillful working cow horse or western horse. They can and do excel at many events making them an extremely versatile horse.


So whether you like English or Western, you need a graceful dancer or cow horse, you enjoy jumping, dressage, cutting, reining or penning or just desire a wonderful companion for trail riding , take a look at the American Azteca they can do it all and do it well. We hope you will take the time to learn more about this unequaled athlete that will win your heart as well. And we hope you will choose to own and love and American Azteca Horse. They have an exciting and promising future ahead and they truly are . . .


“The Horse of your dreams”

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