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    09-06-2012, 02:23 AM
Possible Dressage Prospect?

I had originally posted about this filly on the Sport Horses board, but got absolutely zero replies in two weeks, so I'm going to post about her here!

As an eventer, I'm not used to looking for what's good in a straight dressage horse, and I'd love some outside eyes for this filly! I'm toying with the idea of picking her up as a project if she's still available in a couple of months. And if she's not it's not a heartwrenching loss for me, as I know there will be more out there. ;) I'd love some feedback from you all about her conformation and her movement!

Here's a short video of her--

Her pedigree- Soleil Ges Zweibrucker

And for some reason I can't find a larger photo of her conformation shot, so if you can get anything from this, I applaud you -- http://www.roanoakefarm.com/Golden%2...st/i1444rp.jpg
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    09-06-2012, 02:53 AM
I've seen this horse before. I suspect you got no comments because she's at that stage where she's growing in fits and starts all uneven. Until she's done growing its going to be hard to tell.

Here's my thoughs.

Pros: great mover nice throat and shoulders lovely color.

Cons: I don't like her neck... at all. It's set and short length etc. Pasterns look funky too.
    09-06-2012, 03:28 AM
I'm not a huge fan of her. Short, low set neck, pretty straight movement and zero movement over her back. She's not a youngster that screams Dressage prospect to me. I'd pass, save your money and keep looking.
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    09-06-2012, 03:36 AM
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Only an "adequate" mover, IMHO. She is not very free in the shoulder. I would pass as a strictly dressage propect.
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    09-06-2012, 08:43 PM
No expert on young horses, but...

I think it depends how far up the levels and how competitive you want to be. I am certainly no expert in judging young horses but I agree with some of the previous comments:

* Her neck is too short (but perhaps it will get longer as she grows?)
* Her shoulder is not very free in the video
* She seems to be a 'leg mover'-- not using her back much

However, dressage allows you to improve a horse through training, so perhaps some of these things could be improved with the right training.

Good luck!
    09-06-2012, 08:57 PM
Dressage work can certainly benefit a horse, BUT, it does not change conformation. A low set, short neck with a stiff shoulder and no natural swing through the back will result in a constant cycle of trying to establish just correct basics, as the horse will struggle with it. In Dressage a swinging back is of utmost importance, so in a young horse this loose back and open shoulder is one of the first things we look at if considering a Dressage prospect.
    09-08-2012, 07:29 PM
Thank you for all of your insight everyone!

As it is, I'm really trying to educate myself now as opposed to trying to educate myself WHILE seriously looking for a young prospect. Luck favors the prepared and all that jazz. I appreciate the points everyone has made! It's definitely all a learning process. :)
    09-08-2012, 11:46 PM
You might be right and your post was thought-provoking so I started a new thread...

What attributes of a dressage prospect can be improved and which can't

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