Originally Posted by ridergirl23
yes they have some problems... but you guys must admit... can you imagine if that hrose was properly trained? I think that would be simply amazing to see that horse properly trained.
Yep, but this debate isn't about the horse's talent and potential, it's about the current way of dressage scoring and what is now deemed as 'perfect' is in fact just so wrong. I would place money that many of these flashy 'modern' dressage horses will break down young. Horses used to be going at Grand Prix well into their teens, with many at high events such as the Olympics and WEG as old as their early 20's and were still going strong! Now, there is no way a horse will remain that sound and strong at such ages when they are being ridden, up, tight and 'flash'.
Totilas could still very well be right at the top of his game if dressage today wasn't so insistant on flashy front ends and nothing behind. But he has been bred to have a this huge, spectacular front end, with not much attention paid to the hind end. So he's still going to find it difficult to correctly execute movements without stiffening his frame. He is build to work all legs, no back. Very different to horses bred a few years back that were bred for their hind end and ability to take weight behind, rather than just being spectacular to look at.
Hence why I'm finding it increasingly hard now to find a youngster for myself that fits the bill of what I'm after in a young dressage horse. I want something with the ability to collect. They look flashy in the photos, but when I request a video almost EVERY foal/yearling I have looked at steps out beautifully in front, but their hocks are out behind them and coming up almost level with their hind end. Yuck! Then I tell the owner that I'm not interested for this reason, and they all question me about it as they think their foal has really amazing movement??? It is just sad now.