Originally Posted by thesilverspear
Why do people get all wound up when it is suggested that warmbloods are the best breed for competitive, upper level dressage? To me, it's no different then saying thoroughbreds make the best steeplechasers and QHs make the best reining horses.
On the Horse and Hound forum, someone asked about Highlands competing in dressage, and Highland owners/breeders basically said, yeah, generally speaking, they're good fun up 'till about medium, but if you want to go further, you're asking a lot from them and if they can manage that collection at all, they may not stay sound. No one got upset or accused people of being arrogant about certain breeds. It was all quite sensible.
I think in this case because the original question was whether or not a draft can do dressage. The simple answer is yes. To go further one might say, they are great for low and if you are lucky, medium levels of dressage. The average beginner rider (one who asks if a draft will be good for him to do dressage) will likely not be headed toward Grand Prix any time soon.
It is nice that Horse and Hound was sensible on this topic. My first view of that forum was anything but when the verbal bashing of American's took place on the "heavier riders" thread. I have never given them another look since then. Even though I didn't fall into the catagory of being attacked myself, I hate seeing any group being attacked and commentary on an entire country rubs me wrong.