Originally Posted by ridergirl23
hehehe I have a TB/Warmblood, and everyone thinks shess a QH, haha even tho she has a hanoverians body. I think expensive warmbloods are only dangorous (and plain stupid) because they pretty much live in stalls, then arenas all their life and are so pampered.
Why don't they want him doing dressage????
I think every horse improves from dressage, it would only make him more balanced and together so that he could do even better at other disciplnes!! :( well I hope they change their minds! Keep us posted!
I happen to own an expensive Warmblood and he isn't dangerous or stupid. I do see your point, yet I think it has to do with the owner more than the rider. The kind of rider who is only focused on winning will likely buy an expensive and athletic WB for all the wrong reasons. These types of horses need a lot of mental stimulation to be calm and happy, this is part of what makes them such great competitors as they learn very quickly. However, when a high-stress rider gets on a horse that is designed to perform with a quick mind, things can go awry quickly. If this same rider got on an older, say, trail QH, chances are the QH would start to act stressed and 'hotter' after a while. This effect is only exaggerated when they are on a horse bred for high performance as these horses are designed to be sensitive to the rider and have an active mind. Another big mistake I see in these competition riders is they over horse themselves. If you are riding 2nd level, you do NOT need a GP import unless you are planning to get to GP and with the help of a GP trainer. The mindset of a GP WB will do much better if it is with a 4th level-GP rider that is able to keep the horse active and challenged- a basic rule of compatibility. With my horse, I go the extra mile that winning-focused riders think of as strange: I fill plastic balls with treats and put them in his stall, I do trails, I do poles, I do extra turn out, I do hand grazing etc and I keep my rides and work sessions varied. Because I do this, he is calm and accepts me as the leader without any doubt. If I didn't do this, he would get boredom stress. This is not meant as an attack on anyone who shows, as I do shows myself. This is an 'attack' on riders who only focus on winning at a show rather than the horse they are on. It makes me sad when I see wonderful, talented, and well-bred horses go to waste and get boredom stress when their rider only wants to keep them going in a circle in the arena and then plop them into a trailer to go to a show.