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Andalusians take a very long time to reach full physical maturity -
The mind and conformation of an Andalusian horse are quite different than most other breeds. Andalusian horses have very active minds, a natural talent for collection, and are willing to please their riders so much so that they might offer you more than you are asking them for which can be hard on them mentally if they are not rewarded correctly and quickly for doing as you asked the first time. It is also very easy to take them farther than age appropriate training because they are such willing, sensitive, and intelligent horses. However, taking them further than they are ready for is not recommended and a sure way to sour your horse at some point.
The importance of finding a good trainer for your horse can not be overstated. Every horse is different when it comes to training and certain things work for some horses and not for others. Generally speaking, too much repetition and too much long and low work are not suitable for Andalusian horses. Try to find trainers that are very light, extremely observant (one that can spot even a ‘try’ from the horse and reward them), and can move as fast or as slow in training as the horse requires. Andalusians are quick to learn and sensitive to your queues. Overtopping it all, a gentle approach is highly recommended.
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