Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
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I believe it is difficult for Arabs to go far in the Dressage World because of how they are conformationally built - they are lacking a vertibra in their spine, which hinders/limits their "dressage movements/dressage frame" work, to get the scores needed, in the competition ring against all those horses who aren't missing that vertibra.
Not that it has never been done, of course there is always a rare few, in any breed, that makes it to the top - heck I see Appaloosa's doing well at Upper Levels - but that doesn't mean they are the mass majority, unlike TB's. There are always a rare few who make it through the cracks, but that doesn't mean "All" do.
My previous coach, has a, now retired Morab. The highest level they were able to get together, was Preliminary Level Eventing, because of the missing vertibra. They tried a level higher, but the dressage scores were no where in compareson to those they were up against.
She did many a dressage clinic, with Upper Level Dressage Competators and Trainers, and they all said the same thing, "This horse is limited because of his breed" *meaning, the vertibra issue*
So, she enjoyed him and stayed at the levels they did well at, and kept at it until he retired. She allowed him to move his natural way, and he went well in the dressage ring going around how he naturally could move, but in the end, that was no where competative enough when up against other breeds.