Originally Posted by spirithorse8
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
True but competing is a whole different story. My show jumper was a 14.1 HH quarter pony, she easily did temp changes, pirouettes, and a lot of high level movements, but was not an ideal dressage horse due to her movement, plus she preferred jumping. =)
When you watch horses play you see a lot of the movements we strive to teach them to do on cue.