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    10-08-2013, 02:31 PM
Cow Hocks and Dressage

I'm horse shopping and found a very cute, very cheap 2 yr. Old Friesian filly. She is croup high and cow hocked with low heels. I'm schooling at second level and want a horse that can do dressage and I know draft crosses often have bad conformation for dressage since they were bred to pull, not carry, but I like friesians. My instructor has a cow hocked horse that she has managed to get up to fourth level and schools St. George level. But she has allot of money, I don't. I can afford joint supplements but not extra vet visits or a chiropractor for a sore horse every time my horse is in training. Here's a video of the filly on facebook: Facebook I also attached a side pic if the video doesn't work. I was also wondering if she was post legged?
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    10-08-2013, 02:41 PM
I like Friesians too. They are great horses for galloping around in the field and riding around aimlessly. But it is a heck of a lot of effort to get them fit enough to carry themselves for dressage, and then the rider must be very fit and skilled as well to get the horse to even first level.
They are not a "my first dressage horse" kind of horse. They are frustrating, difficult, lose fitness quickly and you must clip them constantly to keep the hair down enough that you can ride them without overheating.

Outline what your goals are, outline where you want to be and then pick a horse that is going to align with those goals. Otherwise, it is not fair to the horse if you are constantly picking and poking and whacking them to achieve something that is very difficult for them. And at that point, neither of you will be happy.

Good luck in your horse search.
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    10-08-2013, 10:12 PM
I agree with what anebel said...outline your goals and find a horse that really fits them. I (personally) wouldn't go for it. The conformation faults may very well make her more prone to soundness issues down the road-not to mention you're going to have to be doing all the extra training that goes into just getting her working right under saddle (when she can go under saddle, she's still kind of a baby.) It doesn't sound like she fits your goals, or like she would be the best fit for what you want to do.

Just remember you might have to spend a little more in the beginning for the right horse, but its going to save you a heck of a lot of money in the future, and you will both be much, much, happier. Good luck finding your team-mate :)
    10-08-2013, 10:22 PM
What is your price range and what area do you live in?

I agree, fresians are not the best choice for dressage.
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    10-10-2013, 12:27 PM
Green Broke
Personaly no I wouldnt go for it the hocks wont take that sort of strain long term
Often welsh Cobs can do a decent and competative medium level dressage test (3rd level) if you wanted a heavier type with the athletasism to do dressage. They don't often go higher however.
A welsh TB cross is often the choice for young rider dressage ponies and so are connemaras.
    10-10-2013, 01:58 PM
Green Broke
I have seen Friesians be very successful in the Dressage arena.

Though, I must agree with the rest of the above. You may be better off purchasing a WB or Cob, depending on the level you'd like to show at, and your budget.
    10-10-2013, 03:48 PM
Aww, but she's so cute!
    10-11-2013, 12:18 PM
Well, I'm Keeping Her on The Back Burner

I ride a Friesian Andalusian cross right now who moves very much like a Friesian and I do very well on her. In fact, no one else in the barn can ride her except me or the trainer. She's very dominant but a sweet heart. I was just wondering about the fillys hocks because my trainer said they're not that bad and she could go to first level. I'm already at first level and want to go to third but I don't have allot of money so I might just get an all rounder horse. I can definitely handle the physical aspect of training. I'm only 28 and I use to ride every other day for free but that horse is now sold thanks to my training and showing him.
    10-11-2013, 01:56 PM
Green Broke
There is a big difference between getting on a horse and ridding, and training from the ground up.

I personally join in the not suitable group. I used to live on the Dutch boarder... Friesians are two a penny, as are Iberian breeds thanks to cheap transport from Spain.

But you very, very rarely see them above A level. They don't have the movement and are extremely difficult to put together.. Friesians, not Iberians that is. One lady at my old barn had one, and I was allowed a ride.. This boy moved like a WB but it was one of the most difficult rides I had ever had!

I would pass, and if financially your budget sucks (which mine would right now if I were looking!) wait for winter to hit in and people drop prices. Buy in the winter, sell in the spring. Have patience!
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    10-11-2013, 02:20 PM
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I know I sound like an old crank (because I am one) , but I don't get the fascination with Fresians. I don't care for the whole neck in the air thing. A bit like riding a camel.
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