Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
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Keep in mind, this is my opinion.
Any breed can do low level dressage - any discipline in the Equestrian World - but when we get to 3rd and higher, I do firmly believe that conformation plays a big factor in how well your horse can do the movements asked, and remain healthy and sound while doing these movements.
That is when the Warmblood comes into factor....
1) I cannot stand it when people call their draft crosses Warmbloods. THEY ARE NOT! That is an insult to those who meticulously breed Warmblood lines to keep their specific breed clean, improved.
Yes - the origions of the WB are from the Draft - but you must look into the YEEEAARSS spent by breeders who made the breed of what we see today.
I have friends who breed Zangersheide's. Dutch Warmbloods and Holsteiners. Their stock are meticulously inspected, Certified and Approved. They put allot of time, money, work into their lines - to have someone come along with a Draft X QH and say "hey I have a warmblood" - that's insulting.
Now, there are a few breeders out there who do breed educatedly, who are there to improve the stock they have and put allot of time, knowledge, money into their breeding program to make a beautifully well put together Draft X - but, again...the Draft in them still effects how much they can do in compareson to a Pedigree'd WB.
2) When you are at a Dressage Competition, and you are in a lower level class - it doesn't bother me what-so-ever with whom I am up against. For me, it is about how well my horse and I do, how well my horse and I execute the movements given. It is about compeating against myself.
But when you get to 3rd and higher, allot more is put into the comps you invest your time and money into. When you enter into a comp at those levels, and are on an Appaloosa, and are up against some Warmbloods - the Appaloosa's conformation is not compareable to the WB - and the movements you do more than likely, wont be scored as well as the breed that was made for this sport.
Now yes - there are horses out there who were bred well, who are not WB's - and can do just as well as the WB's at their own sport. But those are rare and few between.
Look at Teddy O'Connor - he shone strong, but he was a rare occurance. I do see QH's at Mid to Upper Level Dressage Comps - but again, their breeding and conformation was well put together to beable to stand up against the WB's.
And again - yes, not every WB is well bred. We have allot of Ignoramus's out there who think they can breed and pop out babies left, right and center - who are not representing their breeds to the best of their abillities, who are not out there to improve the lines, to improve the horse - so we see crap WB's as well.
That is why I am sick and tired of backyard, uneducated breeders.
So - yes, I think non-traditional breeds can do mid to upper level dressage movements....ONLY IF they are bred correctly conformation wise - to stand up against the WB's who were carefully bred for this sport.
That is why we see so many WB's - because the well bred one's are tough to compeate against - so people say "I'll get a WB too so I can remain competative at these mid to upper level movements"