Breeding Horses/Why is my andalusian pure spanish horse like this?Is he suitable to breed?
I have an andalusian stallion and he is now exactly 3 1/2 years old.He is really short,exactly 14.3 hh and he is at that height for almost a full year.He is gaining in muscle now.I really like small horses and ponies because I ride western and I feel really comfortable in shorter agile horses than tall ones.My horse is also strangely built.He looks like a quarter horse at a mustang.He has strong muscular hindquarters a small Arabian like head and small cheeks.He also has strong built legs and they are not tall like the andalusian seen in dressage competitions.Also he has a strange colour .He is white but his legs are dark grey black and his mane is dark gray with some shades of sandy like yellow.He looks like a white buckskin.He also has a primitive like dorsal stripe on his back.Can someone tell me if this guy is gonna stay to 14.3 or will he grow?Also is it possible for a horse to be shorter that its breed characteristics?Andalusian's height is from 15.1 to 16 plus so,is my situation normal or not?
Here is a link in Flickr to see how the horse look like(photo is a little blurry )
Thanks in advance
Your horse's coat color sounds typical for an Andalusian. If you were to search the web and look at photos of Andalusians, your guy looks like a lot of the others out there. The breed characteristic states they are a compact, stocky horse, which your guy fits into that also.
As for his height, it could be due to improper nutrition as a weanling that has slowed down his growth process. It doesn't mean he has "short" in his genetics. There are some breeds who are not considered fully mature until they are 5 years old, so he could do a little more growing.
Whether or not he is "breeding quality" is hard for me to say. A lot will depend on what other people are looking for in an Andalusian. You have to take into consideration his pedigree and his disposition and his over-all conformation, other than the height issue.
My stallion isn't tall either, he only stands about 14.2hh but every one of his foals has hit a mature height of 15hh+.
I think it will be a personal preference of yours and whether or not YOU feel your horse should be used as a stud.
Best of luck to you!