I am coming to the realization that in the next year or two we may need to consider a new horse for my daughter if she wants to continue riding dressage. My daughter is extremely attached to this horse however she also loves dressage and if she wants to continue riding dressage we will need to look for a new horse for a number of reasons (first and foremost are reoccurring soundness issues) - sad but true. We are not at this bridge yet, but I see that we will be in a short time and my dd will have to make some tough decisions. That said, I now forward thinking and educating myself. If and when the time comes I want to know what to look for and be prepared.
After owning our little Arab we really appreciate her intelligence, work ethic and personality and would love to find a horse with similar qualities. I think if we are looking for a dressage horse it will most likely be a warmblood of some sort but know nothing about them. Are most warmblood breeds similar in temperament and intelligence? How do the different warmblood breeds differ in these qualities? For example do Swedish wb tend to be more laid back than say a Hanoverian (just in general, I know how individual this really is)? Also, is size a factor in dressage? Are smaller warmbloods difficult to find and will the size factor in their price?