What do people think about andalusians? What are their minds like?
I only know one andalusian, he is a 3/4 andalusian 1/4 quarter horse, so not a full one, but pretty close. He is a bay or bay dun (not entirely sure) and he is a funny guy. He loves attention and loves his job.
Are they known for having problems in their hocks?
The one I know is a 3 year old gelding. He came back from 90 days of training a couple months ago and shortly after we notices swelling in both hocks, so his owner took him for x rays and they said it is not OCD. They said it could be a number of different things causing it... so he is off work for about a year to see if swelling goes down... and it is driving him crazy not having a job.
Anyways, I love andalusians and would love to know more about them.
I have done a lot of research on the internet about them too, but would like to hear opinions of other people too.
I know they do cross well with quarter horses, and if I decide to breed my girl in the future, I may breed her to an andalusian if I can find one that accepts grade mares... but I am not wanting to get into a discussion about breeding right now.
I think they are stunningly beautiful, and I love any breed of that Spanish type.
that said, I think they are some what of a fad breed from all the movies they've been featured on, and there are now many, many bad examples of the breed, with poor attitude and conformation, but just enough of the andalusian look to still make them desirable. Even a cross, however poor, is sought after. For this reason I would be very, very careful about purchasing or breeding to one.
The one mare I worked with was stunning, but a huge handful to work with.
Andalusians, or PREs are a breed of horse from Spain. Like any horse, there are good and bad examples of the breed. Most stallions managed by a reputable stud and whom are ANCCE registered are not going to be cross bred and so most cross breeds you see are the result of subpar stallions.
In Spain it is not customary to geld the horses, mainly due to their good nature, so it is easy enough for someone to get a hold of a riding quality only stallion and start breeding it Willy nilly. Leading to conformational trainwrecks, especially when crossed. JMO Andalusians require a very careful cross as the breed is so old, the type is so well engrained and it is very, very easy to make a frankenhorse.
They are also a little late to mature and I would not start one before 4, especially not a cross or one with questionable conformation.
As far as a breed type - the breed is very old so a majority of the kinks have been bred out. They are a hard working horse and when bred properly are extremely hardy and sound. They are extremely easy keepers, they drink less water than other horses, and tolerate temperature extremes well. The only thing I find is that they are very smart and if they learn something once, that is how it is. You have to be very careful in the training.
They are very versatile and take to things like jumping, learning a new trick, and doing dressage very easily.
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I have never worked with one in person, but I think they are beautiful. There are some breeds that are just not my cup of tea, and I would never consider owning... Andys definitely aren't one of them. (:
I second what anebel said about the breed, and am not sure I have too much else to add objectively!
Though I personally don't have any direct experience riding or training them, there was a dressage trainer at our first barn who specialized in the breed. She had two stallions in training-one who was riding quality only, and the other was standing at stud. Both were gorgeous, but there was a huge difference in the stud. His movement and talent were absolutely phenomenal, though both of their temperaments were equally as sweet and mellow. The mare that she had in training was a little reactive but settled into things not long after the trainer started working with her. She told me that the trainer that had her before hadn't adjusted to her personality since she was more sensitive than most Andies and that was the cause. It seemed to be true since she calmed down and worked quite nicely in no time at all.
I don't want to post videos, but if you search for Faralay II he comes up straight away on Google. Beautiful boy. <3
My mare was in foal to an Andalusian when I got her. The baby turned out very nice looking last time I saw her (as a yearling), had the thick, long, fast growing Andulsian mane and tale and is blood bay. She was very smart and easy to train, but very stubborn and hard headed if you weren't working with her on a very regular schedule. But, her mother (SBxPerch) has a very similar personality, so I can't say that the brains or anything else necessarily came from the Andalusian side. She was very athletic though, could jump over a stall door from a standstill at 6 months.
I don't have personal experience with Andies, but might show with them at some poin in the future. I'm more familiar with other Spanish breeds (Spanish Barbs). From what I know about Spanish breeds, is that they are athletic, thinking, confident, loyal and kind horses.
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