Small But Mighty...With a proud history.
Galiceno Horse Breeders Association
President: Kit Kirkwood Vice President: Jennifer Williams
THOUGH ALMOST UNBELIEVABLE, these small herds of island bred Spanish horses became the ancestors of the thousands of Mustangs that thrived on the plains of the great Southwest and of the modern Galiceno. For some reason, the small but spirited Galiceno never migrated north as did his wild Mustang brother but remained for centuries in the coastal regions of Mexico prized by the natives for his riding ease, intelligence, courage, endurance and functional size.
THROUGH THE CENTURIES, the Galiceno became a forgotten breed except for certain parts of Mexico. Though a rare few found their way to the United States, it was not until 1958 that the Galiceno was officially introduced to this country. At that time, two men from Texas were searching for a new breed to satisfy the increasing demand for a small pleasure riding horse that would also double as a good working and contest horse. When they first saw the Galiceno in Mexico, they knew their search was over. It was perfect in every way and they started immediately to import them to this country to breed, train and sell.
THOUGH ITS ANCESTORS once served the proud Conquistadors, the easy, tireless riding Galiceno of today was and will be again the delight of children and grown-ups alike throughout the United States.