Draft horses in the Dressage ring
In an earlier thread, someone made a great point about draft horses. The purpose they were bred for is becoming less and less useful. To keep these breeds in demand, they need to find new careers. Though driving and farmwork still exist, there are more horses than jobs because its not as popular as it once was. It wouldnt hurt to have some of these horses working in a different field, as long as the breed standard itself isnt changed in a way that hinders its ability for the work it was bred for.
Draft horses are obviously not built for jumping, but I have seen some do excellent in flatwork, like dressage and western pleasure. Hell, I've even some successful low level barrel racers.
I have always wanted to own a draft horse, mainly because I love their size. I want to do more than just pleasure and trail riding with it though. I like having something to work towards, whether we become exceptionally good or not. So, as for drafts in Dressage, would you say there is a specific breed that has better chances at it? I know they are not quite built for dressage either, but surely some breeds can collect better than others, right?