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post #1 of 11 Old 06-09-2009, 12:44 AM Thread Starter
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appaloosas for dressage?

does anyone on here use appaloosas for dressage or has seen them being used? I don't think I've ever seen one except at my riding school where they are re-training a western trained appaloosa into english/dressage riding (he is a solid). I'm only aksing because I'm looking to buy a horse at the moment and heard that a leopard appy mare with fantastic foundation training (i know the trainer) may be up for sale. I am learning dressage and love it and want a horse which will be suitable for it atleast up to novice or elementary level.

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Any breed of horse can do any discliple at lower levels. It is when you get to mid and upper levels where breeding and conformation plays a huge factor in how well the animal will beable to answer the questions asked.

So your Appy will be just fine :)
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thanks MIEventer. I will find out if the appy mare is for sale today or tomorrow. I'm going to go look at an Australian Stock horse tomorrow. I KNOW they are capable of getting to atleast the middle levels of dressage if not higher. I hope one of them works out soon. I have tried out soooo many horses.

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I think if you get the right one with the correct confo... I dont remember the details all the way but last year there was a USDF Young Rider who competeted on an Appy and I believe he won or placed 2nd. There are alot of different horses out there that can move like a Warmblood without the expensive price tag.
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does anyone on here use appaloosas for dressage or has seen them being used? I don't think I've ever seen one except at my riding school where they are re-training a western trained appaloosa into english/dressage riding (he is a solid). I'm only aksing because I'm looking to buy a horse at the moment and heard that a leopard appy mare with fantastic foundation training (i know the trainer) may be up for sale. I am learning dressage and love it and want a horse which will be suitable for it atleast up to novice or elementary level.
A memebr here purchased an appy that already was at level 1. Dressageappy herself is not at this level yet but she will be showing her appy Domino hopefully this year.

Take a look at her threads

Domino's Diary

New Pictures of Domino

And here is the sales video of him before he was bought.

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There's an appy down where I'm at who does dressage, I see him at shows all the time (his show names "Appy Go Lucky" so cute!) His owner does training level with him but he could definitely go higher.

In dressage as well as most other disciplines it's not the breed that matters, it's the conformation and movement.

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post #7 of 11 Old 06-09-2009, 04:34 PM
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The horse should be OK at novice but elementary would be a stretch unless the horse was a particularly well built appy. Keep in mind some warmbloods have difficulty getting to levels requiring collection.
There is an appy in my area that did quite well at second level, but I haven't seen it lately (in 12-18 months). There are other appys in my area that do poorly at training level too, so it is quite all over the map.
Basically my advice is to be choosy about any horse you buy, and don't cheap out because you get what you pay for most times. Good luck!
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post #8 of 11 Old 06-09-2009, 06:02 PM Thread Starter
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I'm definately being choosy haha. It will be my first horse so I want the right one. So far I've tried out about 10 different horses! Trying the Australian Stockhorse today.

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My friend rode her Appy mare at our clinic yesterday. By looking at her standing in her stall, you'd never know she had it in her, but she had the most fantastic floaty trot of all the horses there. Definitely take a look. You might be very surprised.
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post #10 of 11 Old 06-26-2009, 08:28 PM
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Appies make great dressage horses! I have seem many in shows and they are terrific. They are smart, athletic, and SANE! My childhood horse was an Appy - what a baby-sitter he was, he also lived to be 30 years old! What an amazing breed!
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