Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
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Well, it's not his fault that whomever had control of him when he was early in age, was ridden too early and hard to create the sway back. Poor guy.
I am sure you can do Training Level Dressage just fine and I do not see you being laughed out of the arena at Glass-Ed shows or at Schooling Dressage Shows.
I am sure he "can do his stuff" being an old School Master, that isn't the question. The question is, "How well" can he do his stuff?
Being a sway back, he may be hindered from doing the movements that are required, in the way that the Judges expect the movements to be done. Yeah, sure, anyone can do a 20 meter circle, and anyone can move from trot into an upward transition into canter. Yep, anyone can go across the diagonal and walk on a loose rein - but the question is, how well can your fellow do these movements?
I am not sure exactly what the Judge looks for in Training Level tests, yeah the test is strait forward and the test offers hints about what the Judge wants, but what does the Judge reallllly look for with each indavidual horse and rider team?
I am sure softness, suppleness, bending, roundness, forward open movement, tracking up, not heavy on the forehand -
It isn't that you'll get laughed out of the arena because he is a sway back - it is, how well will he beable to do the movements required, conformationally?
If you want to do Dressage, go ahead and do Dressage. But I think you are all over the place with what exactly it is that you want to do. And what horse you want to do that with.
I would wait for Spyder or Anabel to answer your questions.