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post #31 of 34 Old 06-16-2009, 03:09 PM
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I have the opposite problem to 'makin tracks'. My horse is a holstiener (WB) x tb so you'd think he looks nice and would do well from this, except, he looks completely tb and people mistake him for an ex race horse and i wonder if he'd do better if they knew he was a warmblood
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post #32 of 34 Old 06-18-2009, 08:27 PM
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Go us Aussie girls "pinto pony", your in sydney im sort of near you :)
Anyway back on topic lol
Yes i agree in Australia where i compete i personally havent seen many warmbloods, there are some but there is an associated snobbery.
I have a TB and do not agree that it is the "poor mans" dressage horse. By the time she was vet checked and trucked to me we had easily payed $4500, which to me is a fair bit of money.

I have competed in dressage on her for many years and have actually beat "warmbloods".

At the end of the day you can pay $50,000 for your horse and think your going to win everything but i beg to differ. The horse is only ever as good as the person riding it, a $500 horse can easily beat an expensive one if it has the best ridder on it.

This has always made me angry, people thinking that they are better because they have the most expensive horse. Generally i find these are probably the worst riders because they are to arrogant to listen to people when they try to educate them on their riding.

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post #33 of 34 Old 06-18-2009, 11:04 PM
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On the topic of 'cheap' horses and rescues...

My rescue is the best horse in the barn. I paid $400 for him and when I got him he was the ugliest, scrawniest, ill kept horse I have ever seen. Now, he is an incredible children's horse, an amazing learning mount for me, and I fully intend on taking him to the parade next year, maybe even some local shows.

He may be the cheapest, unpapered, camel headed, weirdly shaped horse I have...but by god he is the best. If he was younger, I have no doubt he could have made for an awesome jumping, eventing, or heck even roping horse if he was younger!

Wait! I'll fix it....
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post #34 of 34 Old 06-19-2009, 02:55 AM
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In the UK every type and breed of horse does dressage and our native ponies are quite successful at it.

However if you want to do the higher levels then warmblood types are going to be your breed of choice as their ability is well proven to succeed. Saying that I know of a heavy full feathered Gypsy Cob doing advanced dressage taking on the warmbloods and winning.
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