Originally Posted by Captain Evil
Here is a shire filly with whom I am rather besotted... she is 3 months old in the photo; any way of determining whether or not she would be a good prospect for lower level work in dressage? Attachment 123454
You just can't tell from a photo. It really is all about the skill of the rider and the ability of the horse. She is just far too young at the moment to say either way. Don't worry about 'dishing' in a young heavy horse unless it is very, very pronounced. They move like Bambi on ice until they are around 2 years old and are the clumsiest animals on the planet! You need to give them time to grow into their feet and legs LOL. If I was going to buy a heavy specifically as your first'dressage prospect' - I wouldn't touch anything under 5 years old. This is because you can't start breaking them to ride until they are 3 and you can't do any more intensive work with them until they hit 5 or 6 and this has to be done gradually otherwise you can cause a great deal of damage to backs, legs etc. If you want them to go up a gear to pull, in the UK our trainers won't touch them for logging or carriage work until they are 6 or 7.