Originally Posted by minstrel
I've found too intelligent to make high level dressage horses - they get bored endlessly repeating the same movements.
I strongly disagree with that entire statement. Dressage is
mentally challenging for the horse, ESPECIALLY
the higher up you go. It should never be repetitive movement. A statement like the one above causes me to be skeptical about your understanding of dressage.
The Thoroughbred brain is PERFECT
for dressage, even more so as you progress up the levels. I've found they love the mental challenge. Good dressage is something the TB mentality should excel at.
At the lowest levels, it takes a really smart rider to keep the TB brain engaged and focused, which is why TB's aren't (usually) very well suited for the adult ammy. You can get away with faking dressage on a warmblood if they're flashy enough, but with a TB... you have to ride with your mind, not just go through the motions.
This freestyle was pretty impressive: