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post #1 of 23 Old 12-30-2009, 05:10 PM Thread Starter
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Hi! I'm looking for a horse to do dressage with and I saw some riders on draft breeds that actually did pretty good. Is this true or should I look at a different breed? I heard drafts have a pretty calm personality, which is something I'm looking for. Well, Thanks for any information you can give me!

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post #2 of 23 Old 12-30-2009, 10:05 PM
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Hmm as far as i know they seem to be pretty calm. I remember one woman we show with and her one horse casted in the stall and she tried to get up twice and then she just relaxed and laid there till someone could help. I've also heard she will fall asleep and allow the ferrier to do her feet. I'd say thats pretty calm. of course there are always exceptions. But that's just my personal experience : ]
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post #3 of 23 Old 12-31-2009, 01:15 PM
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drafts are big teddy bears if trained right so if you find one thats been trained really good lease it to make sure about it first but i dont see what would be wrong with using a draft except that they arent as agile and limber since theyre so hardy and strong and muscley :)

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My gelding is at least 1/2 draft and pretty big, 18 hds. He moves well but he is pretty clunky! The earth shakes when he moves :) I think it depends on the amount of draft you have in there and how high you want to go in dressage. There are people who ride full drafts in dressage but I don't know that they can tryly compete at the higher levels against lighter breeds. Not all drafts are calm and gentle but if brought up right and with good breeding, they can be amazing. My guy is a big puppy dog, handles spooky stuff very well. Full drafts are built to pull, be more on the forehand so it takes a lot of work, against their conformation to get them going uphill but I have seen some beauties out there. Still working with my guy to get him lighter in the front end!

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post #5 of 23 Old 12-31-2009, 06:30 PM
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Let me say straight off I know nothing about dressage. On another forum I frequent there are several people who do dressage with their draft horses. I don't know how they place but the videos they have posted looked nice. What stands out is that the drafts they use are not the wide, stocky, pulling type. They are tall and "hitchy" and most frequently seem to be Clydes & Shires.
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post #6 of 23 Old 01-01-2010, 01:58 AM
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Alot of you sport horses are Draft crosses it may be a couple of gens back but you can almost always find a draft back there in the grandparents.

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post #7 of 23 Old 01-08-2010, 06:43 AM
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I'm not all into dressage, but I think my Gypsy Vanner would probably be the perfect starting horse if I wanted to get into it. (I know Vannrs aren't technically draughts, but are more cobish, but still, she's heavier and feathery-er than your average warmblood type thing haha!)
When being ridden she holds her head under beautifully, without me even asking her to, and to say she's heavy she's fairly light on her feet. And she has quite pretty paces (ok, she's not the most beautiful horse, and I don't know a whole lot about dressage, but someone once told me she has pretty gaites)
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post #8 of 23 Old 02-06-2010, 11:01 AM
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My mother and i LOVE vanners, and she is beautiful. They are my mothers dream horse.

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post #9 of 23 Old 02-06-2010, 02:09 PM
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We have many Gypsy Horse owners across the world, very into dressage now. Gypsies are also very good jumpers and love to do it.
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They come in all sizes from really small 12+ hands to 15+ hands. If you want a really big one, you might look into Drum horses. They are ususally a cross between a Gypsy and Shire or Clyde.
All these big guys are quite a lot more agile than one might think.
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post #10 of 23 Old 02-07-2010, 10:34 AM
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HI umm Drafts are very quiet horses, there very like cobs so they arent the best of jumpers as far as i know but they are exeptionally calm and timid! they make great honest hunters and xcountry horses but showjumping isnt there strong piont! they are very bulky horses so in my opinion it would be very hard to get them into an outline or into transitions quickley those are vital things for dressage so in my opinion they arnt the horse for dressage! conemmara and arab horses are very good for dressage but arabs tend to be ver high strong horses i used to own one so i wouldnt recommend them for jumping but dressage definatley! goodluck
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