Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Perth, Western Australia
• Horses: 0
One of my dressage horses is Friesian. He is the more modern, sporthorse "type." He's currently training and competing elementary/medium dressage, and has the ability to go further. Yes, he does struggle with his extensions in his trot work and will never be able to extend like some of the warmbloods do, but he's slowly improving. He makes up for his lack of extensions in other areas, and his trainability and willingness is second to none.
One thing I have noticed over here is that a lot of people make the mistake of riding the front end of Friesians and completely forget about the back end. Its really easy to do with these horses and in the lower grades with less experienced judges its easy to get away with and place well because the judge is too distracted by the flashy knee action to notice that the back end is in last week.