The long necks aren't coming from Padron or Padrons Psyche. They are coming from the horse that is often crossed on Psyche daughters, Echo Magnifficoo or on down the line from the Magnum bred horses (totally different phenotype, in my opinion). I don't remember Padron having a particularly straight shoulder either. Did he?
I imagine that with over 1100 foals, some were plain-headed clunkers.
Ray, I'm sure you're right about this, but then, you could replace the number of foals and say the same thing about any stallion ever born.
Some were plain headed clunkers, and a great variety of mares have been bred to Psyche to produce that number of foals. Heck, with most stallions, you could reverse it and say that any stallion bred enough times is bound to sire at least one foal with a pretty head, but what's the point?
I also agree with you that it does depend on what mare he is bred to - again, as it would with any stallion.
Anyone who has seen both Psyche and Magnum will tell you they are quite different, physically, a point which always makes me wonder when folks set about dissing the entire line. Anyone who hasn't seen Magnum in person probably has no idea what he really looks like.
Of course, they aren't perfect horses, and neither of them will be everyone's cup of tea, but in my humble opinion, Magnum's look was heavily influenced by his Spanish dam. He is quite a different style horse than his sire, and he sires quite a different horse than does his sire, in most cases, again, just my opinion. Psyche is much more Crabbet/Russian/Egyptian looking to me - which is what he is.
Another observation, having seen a lot of the Psyche horses, is that Magnum is pretty much an anomaly among the Psyche offspring, and he seems to sire his own look and characteristics. Padrons Psyche's solid colored (bay or chestnut) daughters tend to look a whole lot like their sire, while the grey Psyche daughters I've seen seem to have even a little more extreme heads than most, along with shorter necks - maybe the influence of Psyche's triple Aswan heritage? It makes for an interesting study.
Did anyone realize that even this year's National Champion, LD Pistal (who, to me, is one of the plainer looking Magnum sons) has not only the 3 lines to Aswan behind his sire line, but his dam is out of mare that is well over half Egyptian, being a granddaughter of Ansata Shah Zaman and Nabiel. I know - I digress, but I just find the blending of blood which produces these horses fascinating.
I wish Padons Psyche a safe journey and a healthy life in Belgium.
And Dee, I love that pedigree. I would imagine your mare IS extremely beautiful.
Hilltia, that doesn't surprise me either - my mare is a wonderful mover and the Padrons Psyche daughter my friends lost last year was a superb mover - even Hansi was impressed. Wish I could find those photos - maybe I will have to do some digging.