Lusitano Horse Association of Australasia


The purpose of the Pontuacao is to grade the Lusitano horse on its individual morphology and gaits. Each part of the body rates a percentage against the perfect 100% ideal. With high percentages overall, the horse is accepted for breeding into the Portuguese “mother” studbook.

Unlike Spanish Revision, only the height is measured. Stallions are graded as soon as they are of good riding and breeding age {4 to 6 years} Fillies may be presented earlier but it is unwise to do so until they have reached some maturity. Males should be a minimum of 160cm and females minimum of 155cm at 6 years of age.

As in Spanish Revision, the body of the horse is
judged in sections.

Cabeca e Pescoco [ head and neck ]

The head on a stallion should be masculine. On a filly it should be feminine. A slightly convex nasal profile , definitely not concave.The head and neck should form a flowing arch. The ideal neck shows a definite arch.

Espadua e Garrote [ shoulders and withers ]

The withers should be part of the same continuous line of neck and not show a dip between the two. The shoulder should have a good angle and not be straight.

Membros [ legs ]

Straight legs with good bone and complementary hooves. Relatively closed angles at the stifle, hock, and elbow joints.

Peitoral [ chest ]

The chest should be wide rather than narrow.

Costado [ ribs ]

The ribs should have good depth at the girth and appear oval, rather than too round or very flat.

Dorso [ back ]

The back should not appear too flat or have a groove down the spine.

Rim [ loins ]

They should be short –coupled, wide and strong.

Garupa [ croup ]

The croup should be of equal width and length and be round and never flat. Viewed from behind, it should not have a crease down the centre. The croup is lower than the withers. The set of the tail should follow the line of the croup and not be too high.

Conjunto de Formas [conformation to Lusitano type]

The judge will stand back to assess the overall picture. The horse must look like a Lusitano. The body in appearance should be round rather than angular. The height at the withers is approximately equal to the length from chest to tail. Ideally, as with the Spanish horse, it should fit within a square.

Adamentos [ gaits ].

Walk, trot and canter are all judged. Stallions are shown under saddle and in both directions. Fillies need not be shown under saddle but can work at liberty in an enclosed area. Paddling is not disallowed but it will lower the given percentage. A swinging back, a good overtrack of the hind feet, and balance and suspension in trot and canter are all important factors.

The scoring is as follows:

  • Perfeito (perfect) 10
  • Exelente(excellent) 9
  • Muito Bom(very good) 8
  • Bom(good) 7
  • Aceitave(acceptable)6
  • Regular(average) 5
  • Mau(bad) 3 – 4
  • Ressimo(very bad to dreadful) 0 – 2

Temperament is an intangible quality that is not judged but comes into the overall assessment. Cryptoorchidism, or showing only one testicle, will automatically fail a stallion. A fallen crest is also not looked on favourably. Generally, if a horse scores one “4” or two “5’s” in the morphology categories they will not be approved as breeding stock in the Portugese Studbook.


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