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post #1 of 17 Old 12-10-2009, 01:32 PM Thread Starter
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Would Amber Be Good For Dressage??

I would really like to learn dressage with Amber, I am on the lookout for a trainer right now to teach both of us together. I was just wondering if you think Amber has the looks, build to make it to 2nd or 3rd level. I'll get videos this weekend of her but if you could tell me what you think based on the pictures that would be awesome!













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post #2 of 17 Old 12-10-2009, 02:40 PM
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If you mean competitive at recognized shows at Second or Third level - then No - I don't think so (based on the pics you've shown).

A horse going to second level must be capable of sitting on it's buitt and LIFTING it's shoulders - this horse looks too heavy and moviong on its forehand.

That said - any horse can benefit from proper dressage training.
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post #3 of 17 Old 12-10-2009, 02:57 PM
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I was told any sound horse can be trained to Prix St Georges. But if you mean competitive then that depends on the horses around you.

As Valentina says, Dressage is good for horses. So go for it!
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post #4 of 17 Old 12-10-2009, 04:46 PM
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I am sure she will be able to perform some movements from second and third level.
Competitively, she will max out at first level.

Good luck!
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post #5 of 17 Old 12-10-2009, 07:13 PM
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she coudl definitly benefit from it, you never know, with the right trainer i hae seen a very downhill horse compete and win soem at 3rd level, it depends how she moves. she is beautiful tho

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post #6 of 17 Old 12-13-2009, 12:48 AM
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You could try some dressage,but this also depends on the rider if the rider can make the horse preform movements with very small unnoticeable movement of the leg and heels etc.
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post #7 of 17 Old 12-13-2009, 09:06 PM
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Course she can do dressage. Almost any horse can get to medium, it's usually the flying changes that get them stuck. If you get some good lessons with a reputable dressage instructor and have sensitivity as a rider there's nothing stopping you from giving it a shot. If you're a junior rider, you could very well be competitive on your mare as well if you have to knowledge and skill to get her off the forehand and ride a nice, sot and accurate test.
I beat alot of super expensive wambloods as a junior on a 15h QHxappy mare who was build hugely downhill, was 12 when I started working with her (she had done nothing other than trail riding) and had the work ethic of a crazed grizzly bear but with decent training and a few sneaky 'faked' moments from me, she did quite well in prelim/novice. Elementary work was harder due to her conformation, she found the higher level of collection diffficult and just didn't have the brain to be a trainable horse.
Sorry for the long winded reply, but don't let anyone tell you that your mare can't do at least basic dressage and be competitive at lower, junior levels :)
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post #8 of 17 Old 12-17-2009, 08:40 PM
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Did you find a dressage trainer yet? There are 2 barns in chester that are dressage. One is called Outfoxxed. Theres another barn that i worked out for 1 day..its a fancy place. I forgot the name of it..but they are dressage.
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post #9 of 17 Old 12-19-2009, 12:38 PM
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All horses can do dressage! It's almost always the rider slowing down the progress. I don't understand the obsession with "how far can she go?" to me it seems like a set up so that it's the horse's fault when things don't go as planned. It will also get you riding with second level on the brain and you might end up skipping the ever so important basics and trying to Travers and turn on the haunches.
If YOU have never ridden second or third level dressage, you are asking that horse to have a hell of a good attitude and heart to make it there with you on her back. No one can tell from a picture how kind and forgiving she is.
BUT, ALL horses can do Dressage. Start with the basics and just see how far you can go. Don't rush it or push too hard and you'll eventually find a natural limit to (both of) your talent.
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post #10 of 17 Old 12-19-2009, 06:40 PM
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All horses can do dressage! It's almost always the rider slowing down the progress. I don't understand the obsession with "how far can she go?" to me it seems like a set up so that it's the horse's fault when things don't go as planned. It will also get you riding with second level on the brain and you might end up skipping the ever so important basics and trying to Travers and turn on the haunches.
If YOU have never ridden second or third level dressage, you are asking that horse to have a hell of a good attitude and heart to make it there with you on her back. No one can tell from a picture how kind and forgiving she is.
BUT, ALL horses can do Dressage. Start with the basics and just see how far you can go. Don't rush it or push too hard and you'll eventually find a natural limit to (both of) your talent.
thats what shes asking, DUE TO CONFORTMATION how high could she go?
shes wondering FOR FUN what level we THINK she could get to. when anyone says things about how high a horse could go in dressage theres NEVER any garentees they cant go higher or can even go that high.
this is only because shes interested in knwoing what we think,no biggy. :)

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