Okay, I'm back. Just to kinda "firm up" a basic understanding of the Lusitano/Andalusian, the Andalusian/Iberian horse breed registry split sixty or so years ago. Until that political event, all Iberian horses were "Andalusians". The PRE and the Lusitano are similar but after all these years, their usefulness has dictated how they were bred. (So they do have some true differences) That being said, competitive dressage is affecting how breeders have altered the two "breeds" in the last 10 years or so as they try to compete with dressage warmbloods. Some of the baroque attributes are being lost with that effort but credit needs to be given to the PRE and Lusitano "mother registries" for stictly maintaining stallion and mare approval standards. For a foal to be registered, both parents need to be "approved" at a minimum age of 3 yrs. Otherwise, a "purebred" foal is considered "grade". In the US, this standard has been largely ignored and anything and everything with a uterus and testes can be registered with the IALHA as long as you can pull a chunk of mane and get a dna sample registered. A "purebred" Andalusian/PRE/Lusitano is just going to breed "junk" if quality is not controlled by strict approval standards. (Similar to German warmblood approvals) So, "we/Americans" create all sorts of registries in order to work around the standards handed down through centuries of careful breeding. "Iberian Warmblood", "American Warmblood" (Draft crosses, usually), "Iberian Sporthorse", (fill in the blank Sporthorse). Even Friesians are now being registered and branded "American Warmblood", crossed with any breed to produce another "American Warmblood". Check out the approval requirements sometime...To finish, my Lusitanos are approved for breeding or they don't breed. The other part of the thread; temperament? Lusitanos are hotter than Andalusians (generally). They are smart, responsive, and don't tolerate gross motor skill deficiencies in humans. They are well suited for dressage and "sportscar' types of sports for that reason. Not a hop on bareback and head out into the woods kind of horse. Work on your riding skills and you'll find no finer horse to ride. A true thrill. If you don't ride well, don't get one. Nuff said...
Even though I have a cross, I am not a fan of cross breeding and slapping a new "fancy" label on it to sell it. The horses are mass produced with very little quality control all in the name of money. I wish breeders would have stricter guidelines when it came to what their stud covers. But, I guess it's all in the name of the game...I mean, people pay out the wazzoo for Mini Australian Golden Doodles now, don't they?