I was just curious if anyone had any experiences with warmbloods (of any sort - Dutch, Hanoverian, etc)?
I grew up with Thoroughbreds as my dad was involved in the racing industry in NY, but I quickly took the hunter/jumper path. My first encouter with a warmblood was Gretta, an 18h beast of a Holsteiner. She wore chains in her stall and was a notrious biter. Needless to say, I had my reservations when my trainer at the time asked me to ride her.
They say never judge a book by its cover, and on that day, Gretta taught me the same is true for horses. Despite her downright obnoxious demeanor on the ground, Gretta was an amazing athlete. She taught me so much of what I know today, lessons that I still pass on to my students.
I have been fortunate enough to work with other warmbloods during my time in Florida as a trainer at a showjumping facility. We would import Zangersheides typically from Belgium and Argentina, train and compete them in the US, then ultimately sell them. Zangersheides are also incredible athletes, and it's unfortunate they haven't become more prominent in the US.
Anyway, anyone else? :)