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        12-09-2010, 08:12 PM
    How high do you think he could go?

    This is my 7 year old Arab gelding. These videos were the first week back in work after two months, and he had no "real" work/training for about 9 months. It was also my first time riding in 2 months...

    How high up in dressage do you think he could go? I would like to get him to 3rd level if it's possible. Obviously a lot of training and lessons would be involved, but that's okay.

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        12-09-2010, 08:24 PM
    Hmmm.. I'm not sure. But with a lot of hard work, time and proper training, I think you could get to at least first level.
        12-10-2010, 11:51 PM
    This is an irrelevant question (I think).

    If the horse does make it to third level is it not likely he will be competitive in any competition ring outside or the arab circuit. Of course the horse can be trained to do movements of a much higher level as well but I think the limit of his competitive dressage career will be first level.

    Good luck!
        12-12-2010, 10:06 PM
    Why is that? Because of his movement being Arab-y rather than warmblood-y? I'm not an Arab person (just happened to end up with one) so my goal circuit would be open. What is it about him that makes you say he'd max out at 1st?
        12-12-2010, 10:08 PM
    My uncle only shows his horses in the arab show circuit and they've never had a problem with it
        12-13-2010, 01:02 PM
    Originally Posted by neonpony    
    Why is that? Because of his movement being Arab-y rather than warmblood-y? I'm not an Arab person (just happened to end up with one) so my goal circuit would be open. What is it about him that makes you say he'd max out at 1st?
    Max out competitively at first. Of course he could do some of the upper level stuff, but as Arabs go they generally aren't built for collection - their hocks don't bend or carry enough. Another downside to forcing the horse to do more than he is capable of (ie riding too much in the collection) is you tend to break them down faster. You just won't get the scores to do well in dressage on an Arab (generally). There are a few which are built well for dressage but they are few and far between because that is not the breed standard.
    If you want to do dressage - buy a horse that is built for it. This doesn't mean go out and spend $60,000 on a warmblood - just get something which is built uphill, has good strong hocks and a well put together hind end. Don't fight nature.
        12-14-2010, 03:20 PM
    Always strive for the top. Your horse looks perfectly sound, so why not? But as anabel points out, if your goal is winning, you may find yourself disappointed. It really depends on who you're competing with. You can stay at small schooling shows, or even organize "back-yard" shows for "ordinary" horses. Showing can be a lot of fun, after all.

    The biggest difference with "dressage" horses seems to be in their big movement, especially that magical suspension, that seems to defy gravity. You can't really train this, but you CAN get the most from your horse, and I believe Arabs have a very lofty way of moving too, if you can get it. It takes work, though, because you can't force an Arab... The good side is, from my experience, Arabs have tremendous stamina and don't mind working hard. Concentrate on your riding/schooling, and the showing will take care of itself.

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