Icelandic horse to dressage? what would be his limits?

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    05-27-2010, 05:37 PM
Arrow Icelandic horse to dressage? what would be his limits?

I ride 3 beautiful icelandic horses. We do icelandic riding and I train them alot of tricks. Our relationship is the best I have ever known. Now I would love to train hem to dressage. The trot training, and the gallop olso, could be very helpful to get our icelandic riding even better.

But now I'm excited to know if icelandics can do this? We teach icelandics cross walk, and leg spins and we use it a lot.

If anyone knows he answer please comment, or just comment whatever you like to say about this. I hope I get alot of answers cause this means alot to me :)

PS: sorry if my grammar is not good ;p
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    05-27-2010, 08:17 PM
I have seen Icelandics do low level dressage before - In fact a while ago I saw an ad for an Icelandic who was an eventer! BUT, when you get to the level of trying to collect your horse it will probably ruin their tolt. Collection requires that the horse be rounded which is the opposite of what they do when tolting. If you have 3 horses I would maybe train one in dressage and leave the other two alone until you see how it goes.
    05-27-2010, 08:44 PM
Green Broke
I was under the assumption that you and your horses already did high level dressage? You wanted to teach the piaffe and passage earlier in the year correct?
    05-27-2010, 08:47 PM
Agree with ponyboy. If you want your Icelandic horses to continue to *tolt*, best to stick with their previous training and not try to change their way of going for dressage.
    05-28-2010, 05:15 AM
Originally Posted by StormyBlues    
I was under the assumption that you and your horses already did high level dressage? You wanted to teach the piaffe and passage earlier in the year correct?
My thoughts exactly.
    05-28-2010, 04:45 PM
To StormyBlues and Kayty:
I was not doing dressage training, the dressage is alot more than piaffe and passage. All my 3 horses can do both piaffe and passage but one of them only in hand. :)

To everyone:
We use collection on trot a bit here to get more front feets lifts and it works really good for both the trot and the tolt. My 3 horses have really good gaits and they don't do the same thing on tolt when you where doing something with the trot. :)
So you would say they could do little dressage or ?
    05-28-2010, 05:43 PM
Green Broke
Ummmmmm WHAT?! Piaffe and Passage ARE dressage. Those two movemets are everything dressage stands for, suppleness, blanace, rythem, straightness, collection. So you're saying that your horses can piaffe and passage correctly but arn't trained in dressage? I'm not buying that for a second.
    05-28-2010, 05:53 PM
Oh sorry I was talking about the collectionts on the gaits, gallop and trot, that could help me alot with the icelandic riding. You understand that you don't come to a dressage competition only with piaffe and passage. We do piaffe and passage for fun and when I trained them I was not having real dressage training in mind, just teaching them something new. Olso dressage is not a competition at iceland so people use the things from dressage to help inproving the icelandic riding :)
    05-28-2010, 05:57 PM
And StormyBlues, can you please please please stop breaking down all the things I say, if you don't accept what I do with my best friends, my horses, then don't comment, you don't help me when you tell me that everything I do is wrong ( talking about my other topic too).
    05-28-2010, 06:36 PM
But can anyone answer my question :) ?

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