I don't think I've had the fortune of ever seeing a faulty Hanoverian, or a Han-cross. Fancy things, those Hanoverians ;)
Anybody know the faults I should look for in the Baroque-type horses? I'm browsing around for another horse, or at least, a type that jumps out at me for Preliminary Eventing or be a smooth-as-butter, sound, good-looking horse to be a schoolmaster for beginners. Creating either kind of horse takes serious effort and mileage, so that's why I'm being nitpicky for conformation and indicators.
I prefer the Hanoverian mare quite a bit over the two Baroque mares, who are both heavier through the forehand with necks that have poor muscling (bottom muscle stronger than top).
The palomino (or is she going gray?) appears fairly straight on both ends (shoulder and hind leg). I do like her bone and she has a nice short back. Steep croup. Appears from muscle development that she likes to be heavy on the forehand.
The 4 year old mare has a bit of a ewe neck, which also appears short in proportion to her body. Her pasterns also look a bit on the longer and weaker side. Would like to see quite a bit more substance to her bone, as once she finishes filling out she will likely be quite a substantial horse and those legs are quite light. To me she looks much younger than four in this photo (more like a two year old).
The Hanoverian X is a bit light in the hocks. The Thoroughbred lightened her bone over all but she is fancy.
Of the two other horses the Palomino is clearly better than the roan. The roan is light in front and back at the knee. The Palomino is a bit rough coupled (and fat) but with conditioning will improve. The roan has a nicer top line.. but I would take a not so nice top line over weak legs.
Do the andalusians do well in eventing? I don't know that i've ever seen one doing the discipline!
As far as I know they lack the speed and stamina, I like them for English pleasure or Dressage. But, I was told Quarter horses weren't suited for Eventing either, but my QH-Paint does fine in novice level ;) Probably due to the racing blood, I dunno, she has naturally extended strides and a flat jump.