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    09-21-2010, 07:45 PM
Originally Posted by sarahver    

Her response: 'Thoroughbred in dressage, hmmmm, interesting choice'

But TB's do dressage all the time in eventing. Plus they were the most common breed for English riders at one time.

I've seen Arabs do Grand Prix movements too. Now those riders had some special talent!
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    09-21-2010, 07:46 PM
Originally Posted by Spyder    
Probably the same thing I got from the dressage world when I did.


I love Arabs in dressage
    09-21-2010, 08:17 PM
Originally Posted by ponyboy    
I've seen Arabs do Grand Prix movements too. Now those riders had some special talent!

I will take that as a compliment...LOL
    09-21-2010, 10:00 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by ponyboy    
But TB's do dressage all the time in eventing. Plus they were the most common breed for English riders at one time.

I've seen Arabs do Grand Prix movements too. Now those riders had some special talent!
Exactly my point! TB's may not be bred specifically for dressage as many of the warmblood breeds are, but come on, how many of us are REALLY going to get to a level where it matters? Not many. (Except you Spyder ) Besides, the dressage movements required in eventing are quite a few levels below what the pure dressage in GP are striving for.

I just LOVE seeing unusual horses excelling in diciplines that they are not classically associated with as I think it really demonstrates the versatility of a good horse with good training.

Now, if someone could find a good video of a 17.2hh Warmblood kicking butt around the barrels please please post as I would love to see it!!
    09-21-2010, 10:01 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Spyder    
Hilda Gurney and her TB horse Keen

Keen xx, a Pioneer of American Dressage

Also a good picture of a more MODERN horse with the poll at the highest point.
Ahhh, now I understand, thanks Spyder you give me hope for my poor lowly TB he he.
    09-23-2010, 02:13 AM
Originally Posted by twogeldings    
I have irrefutable proof that you don't need a fancy horse to do Dressage.

YouTube - Men Doing Dressage

Proof I say!
LMAO....I can hardly type I'm laughing so hard!
    09-23-2010, 08:59 PM
I love seeing non conventional breeds succeed. Though you will see a common conformational theme with any horse that makes it to the upper levels. The upper movements require a horse that can sit on it's hocks and collect, but still have the suspension and extension. TBs still reign supreme in my book for eventing. They are lithe in the dressage arena and galloping machines. But if I was looking to just do dressage, I'd have to go with a WB. Though I think there's a Mustang out there that is giving the blue bloods a run for their money.

Now I have to go find tissues as my eyes and nose are running from laughing so hard at the Men doing dressage video.
    09-26-2010, 12:59 AM
I believe a very talented rider with a very willing horse can do anything.

I had a pony as a teenager and every talent I lacked, she made up for with how willing she was. That pony would do anything and do it well. She was 3/4 TB 1/4 Arab.
    09-26-2010, 10:17 PM
Originally Posted by MudPaint    
I love seeing non conventional breeds succeed.
Me too! I'm happy that someone believed in and loved that horse enough to invest the time and money and training to take it to that level! It makes me smile all over!
    09-26-2010, 10:56 PM
The movements of dressage are physically done by unschooled unridden horses. The ancient cavalry riders developed signals to give to the horses in order for them to perform the movements in unison and with precision in battles.

Any horse of any breed can do dressage, even the biggest Shire

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