Originally Posted by Kayty
It really annoys me when people sell a horse with soundness issues, saying it can't jump but fine for dressage. This is a huge cop out, Dressage places just as much demand on the horses soundness as jumping does. If the horse is lame when jumping, it'll be lame in Dressage.
If you're happy to just piddle along doing basic w/t/c then it might be fine, but if you're wanting to train Dressage (I'm assuming you do since this is in the dressage subforum) then keep looking for something sound.
This is so true. I bought my first horse, as a beginner, and while I still have her and love her to pieces, I don't ride her nearly as often as I should. Why? As a 13-ish year old, she seemed sound - had a few conformation issues, resulting in paddling in front, and brushing in back - but, she is beautiful and carries herself well otherwise. However, I can't ride and learn like I want/need to with her because I know in my heart that it compromises her soundness.
When we started focusing on straightness and collection exercises, she went lame :( Really, it just stressed her joints - which were already stressed from her conformation issues.
My point is, don't settle. Dressage is quite demanding, and while I would never regret owning my wonderful first horse, my riding focus is now on my younger, sound and more "conformationally correct" horse.