Azteca Horse

Azteca Horse photo
Photograph by Lsaldana91. License: Public Domain.


The Azteca is the official horse of Mexico. This is the first horse breed that was developed on the Mexican soil. This horse owes its origin to three main bloodlines which are the Iberian horse, Criollo horse and American Quarter horse. Thus, this horse carries specifics traits of each of these breeds.

The height of the Azteca horse varies between 14.3-15.2 hands. The elegant head of this horse either has a straight or convex profile. The head carries expressive eyes and well pricked ears that are small. The neck that is slightly arched is well muscled. It blends in to withers that range between being medium to sharp. This horse has a flowing mane and tail. The tail of the horse is set low. The back of the Azteca Horse is short but straight. This horse has a broad and rounded croup. The horse is well muscled and the bones and the joints are well developed. Their legs carry well shaped hooves.

These horses carry a sense of pride and are bold animals. They are also gentle and easy to train. These will horses are also intelligent creatures. These animals are spirited and alert. These animals that are eager to learn are a pleasure to train.

14.3 -15.2 hands

The coat color of the Azteca horse can be of any solid color.

Suitable for
Since these horses are agile and spirited creatures they find their use in a number of sporting events like classical riding, reining, cutting and charreria. Thanks to their speed, power and strength, they are good in polo, driving and bull fighting too. These animals are also used for pleasure riding purposes.

Mexico is a land that gave birth to the concept of Charreria which is a form on rodeo. Mexicans wanted a specific breed of horses that could be used for this purpose. This necessity gave rise to the birth of Azteca breed.

Thanks to the consistent efforts by a few Mexican agricultural organizations, this breed originated in the year 1972. In the year 1992, twenty years after the birth of this breed, The International Azteca Horse Association was formed with the purpose of overseeing the development of this breed.

The rising popularity of the horse is posing a challenge to the Mexican Criollo. Today, there are around 1000 Azteca horses registered in the IAzHA.