The name originated from the Latin “Lusitania” for Portugal on the Iberian Peninsula. Until the 1960’s the Iberian Saddlehorse was known as the Andalusian in both Spain and Portugal. Then Spain and Portugal separated their Stud Books and Portugal adopted the name Lusitano.
The purpose of the Pontuacao is to grade the Lusitano breed horse on its individual morphology and gaits. Each part of the body rates a percentage against the perfect 100% ideal.