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post #1 of 19 Old 01-14-2011, 02:36 PM Thread Starter
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Question Does anyone ride Friesians in dressage?

I was just curious. I'm going to breed Friesians for dressage when I'm older. So many teens love jumpin, or eventing, and just can't stand dressage. I absolutely love it. It's my passion. And I plan on doing it for the rest of my life. Anyway, since they are gaited I just wanted to know who rides Friesians in dressage and how ya'll do? I've seen some in higher levels, but not many, because of their gaits. Is their any real career in riding/training Friesians in dressage?
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post #2 of 19 Old 01-14-2011, 02:45 PM
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They are gaited? This is the first I have heard of that.... I know that they have a more animated trot which makes them desireable as a carriage horse, but hadnt heard anything about them having any other gaits then a walk/trot/canter.

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Friesians are gaited?
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Friesians aren't gaited....anyway, there's a place near me that has Friesians that do dressage, but apparently their trot is hard to sit.
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Friesians aren't gaited....anyway, there's a place near me that has Friesians that do dressage, but apparently their trot is hard to sit.

Hmm. See that's what I thought at first too. Then I heard from someone that they were. Oh well. You learn something new everyday. Regardless, They have very much knee action and aren't widely used in dressage (although they are getting more popular) because of it.
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Equestrianballet, Jane Savioe's horse Moshi is a Fresian.

I've been riding a Fresian pinto the past couple of weeks but definitely not showing with her. I would think they would do well in dressage with all that muscle right? This particular horse doesn't listen very well but she's the only Fesian (cross anyway) I have ever ridden so I can't speak to weather or not that's typical. My guess is that it's just her. I think the crosses are becoming more popular. I recently saw a Fresian Appy at an exhibition show and he was incredible. Literally looked like a white Fresian with Appaloosa spots and moved beautifully. Perhaps you could study more about horse genetics and crossing fresians if you are interested in producing a high level dressage horse? They sure are pretty!
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While Friesians aren't gaited, some have more of a "carriage conformation" that makes it harder for them to do proper dressage work. Maybe that's what you heard? I think it has to do with some having more upright shoulders. But, if you're mindful of conformation, you should be able to show friesians successfully... although warmbloods are more "in" at upper levels, friesians can definitely get there too.

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Friesians? Gaited? I don't mean to be mean (sincerely) but I had to smile... I have a friesian and we do dressage. The "problem" with frieisians and high dressage is that they have action but not space, if you know what I mean... It's deffinitely more difficult for them to do higher levels (but not impossible with proper training). If you're doing lower levels they're as wonderful as any other warmbloods.

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I currently ride a Friesian gelding. He has done up to second level dressage apparently pretty successfully, and if he hadn't had an accident, he would have been able to go higher. He was trained to carriage as well, and he definitely has that knee action. He does have an attitude, but I have no problems sitting his trot. I don't like that he carries his neck very high, and has such a steep shoulder angle, which in my mind don't make him an ideal candidate for upper level dressage, but he does still move pretty nicely. I personally think that its a good goal to have. As long as you are breeding for quality and not quantity, I don't see why you shouldn't go for it when you have the time and the money.
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