The history of the paso higueyano horse transcends to the time when the Berbers of North Africa amounted to a large part of the Muslim troops that invaded Spain in the XVI century, their horses had great importance in the development of the Spanish horse.
We inherited from Spain the genetic power of the Berberisc horse in the time of the discovery of America, specifically in the second trip of Columbus, 27 of November 1493. Columbus landed the first horses in the new world in the island the Hispaniola, Today known as the Dominican Republic; No one knows exactly the number of horses brought by the Admiral; But it is known that at least twenty-five (25) mares and horses belonging to the Brotherhood of Granada were disembarked, according to the royal records dated in Barcelona on the 23rd of May, 1493.
Around 1495, Don Juan Ponce de León was appointed governor in the eastern part of the island, and founded his hacienda La Ciguayagua, located in the area that the Indians called Higüey; Where it fostered an important breeding horse, extensive both its farm and the number of animals that were raised in it, and is this farm the turning point in the history of the Horse of Paso Higüeyano. Towards the end of the eighteenth century, specimens of the Narrangasette Bay were imported to the eastern part of the island, to be used by the sugarcane settlers for their particularity to be able to rotate between the furrows and cane fields without harming the plantations.
In 1916, during the American Intervention came specimens of the Morgan race, which was the horse used by the American army as ground transportation; Years later we received the influence of the Tennessee Walker, brought by the Central Romana Corporation, for the use of its butlers who had to be transported by great estates and plantations, looking for the comfort and the resistance that gave the crossing of the studs With this type of horse. The hygueynians who by then started to develop large portions of land devoted to the raising of cattle and in addition to the great distances they had to travel to market their products, were in need of a horse and with this amalgam of crosses of races They reached what they were looking for, a specimen that was spirited, resistant, comfortable with a good height and greater nobility.