Having a horse you feel confident with is IMO more important for you right now than having one that's going to be competing at top level in any dressage competition in a months time
What's the breeding on the Spotted Draft side of her, Percheron x Paint seems to be quite common in the lineage?
Her Sire is spotted draft x spotted draft but if I got back another generation, there is 3/4 spotted draft and 1/4 percheron. Interesting!
I figured I would share this to make you feel better.
This is my horse. The first photo was taken when she was 5. The second photo was taken when she was 8. I drew on them to indicate hip and shoulder angle and center of balance. My reference points may not be perfect but I was at least consistent between the two photos, so if you see a change, it should be real. The purple lines are both horozontal lines just placed on top of the hip. You can see how Ursula's wither falls under her hip in the first photo and her wither is pretty well level in the second. Her center of balance levels out as well, and her hip angle changes. The hips could be rotated a bit between the two photos due to the way she's standing, but there is still a difference there. She has definitely been carrying her hind legs naturally more underneath herself as she's matured. Whether it's due to growth or just muscle development and training, that's anyone's guess. Regardless, my horse looks much better now that she's mature than she did when she was still growing. The horse you're considering should do the same.
Wow your mare is beautiful- thank you for posting those pictures, they do make me feel better! I can see in the top picture, her body build is similar to the mare I am looking at, I guess she does still have some growing and filling out to do.
I just realized that she is only 3.5 years old which actually concerns me because she was broke over a year ago. Sounds like she has only been ridden a dozen or so times but should I still be concerned?
I don't like that they break these big horses so young - because they look well grown in appearance - but if you aren't heavy and she didn't do much work I don't think its going to be a major worry.
If you do decide to have her then just bring her on really slowly
Our Clyde x was sold as a 4 yr old but her teeth say she's at least a year maybe nearly 2 years younger than she's supposed to be.
IMO no matter how nice she is to ride she is too green for you considering your fears and concerns. You really need a horse about 14-20 years old that has been there and done that. A retired but sound show horse would be perfect.
A young horse with a good attitude and good grounding that hasn't been spoilt by a series of mediocre homes & riders can often be better behaved so I don't see the age as such a big negative especially if the OP is going to be keeping it at a barn with good trainers and facilities on hand
I'm in agreement with Jaydee. If you feel confident on her and you work well together that is much more important (in my thinking) than buying a expensive fancy horse that you would be afraid to ride. I would get her, she's young and still has filling out to do. As far as age, if you have a good trainer and place to work with her at then that's not a huge concern as long as she has good manners.
I personally love her and would take her in a heartbeat.