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    01-10-2013, 05:52 PM
Thanks for letting me know about the post under the Dressage sub-forum! Imma dive in a start reading ALL of it soon :)
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    01-10-2013, 06:00 PM
TBs or TB crosses for sure. There's a lot of Irish Sport Horses used here for eventing, they're what most of the top eventers ride and I've ridden a fair few myself, but some of the lighter warmbloods or often WBxTB are seen on the circuit too. My last eventer was a TB x Danish Warmblood, and he was cracking - he came out with WB paces for dressage but the real TB athleticism going XC too. My current one is a pure TB, and I'm still bringing him into eventing, so we'll see the difference I guess!
    01-10-2013, 06:02 PM
Thanks for letting me know about that post in the Dressage sub-forum! Imma dive in and read ALL of it soon :)
    01-10-2013, 06:03 PM
Let me know how it goes with your pure TB--I'd love to hear! And thanks for you opinion :)
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    01-10-2013, 06:04 PM
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TB's and TB Crosses. No way around it. They are versatile, athletic and just have the drive to do it all. Ideal event horses are light. The thicker horses are great for lower level stuff but just don't do well at higher levels of cross country.

My current horse is a Belgian WB/TB cross. She is a bit brain dead at times But she is just a great attitude and loves to work. I haven't actually had her out cross country yet but we are planning to this summer. She jumps like a dream and pulls off a fantastic dressage test. I think she is going to love cross country because she has the work ethic and thrives off a challenge. I am really excited to take her out.
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    01-10-2013, 06:09 PM
Originally Posted by GodGirl11    
Let me know how it goes with your pure TB--I'd love to hear! And thanks for you opinion :)
Thanks, I'm sure I will post plenty about him in the coming months before I get him out and competing in the spring. He used to point to point, so cross country is a breeze for him, but convincing him to jump conservatively in the show jumping phase is going to be tricky...
    01-10-2013, 06:15 PM
Ooooh! Tell me how it goes with cross-country! What is your mare's name? Oh, and thanks for your opinion :)
    01-11-2013, 10:11 AM
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Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~    
I've ridden PREs, no Friesians. I have friends with Friesians, I should hop on one haha :P
I would like too just for the experience but don't know anyone in the US that has one - we have a friend in Denmark that breeds them and uses them for driving. I have a friend in the UK who is currently riding one that belongs to someone else and though its gone to Prix St george level she describes it (not very technical I'm afraid) as being 'very up down' - which if I think about it is sort of what you see in the similar 'haute ecole' breeds who excel in piaffe and passage and though they can push their legs forward it doesnt seem to flow through the whole body in the elegant way you see in a WB or even a pure TB and that's what you need to see in a dressage horse
Back to eventing - you need a horse that can give you that extra drive when you need it to get out of trouble, the TB's that jump tend to come from the same strain that race over fences - no placing a horse there or looking for the perfect stride - also makes them great for hunting - this pic was in a recent Horse & Hound mag and this is just a novice chaser!!!
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    01-11-2013, 11:28 AM
Friesians aren't a "haute ecole" breed, they are a carriage horse. They have an extremely hard time with collection and often break down, and as well are really, really hard to ride (as was told to me by one of the leading Friesian exhibition/dressage riders in the US). The "up and down" bit is not a breed thing, it can happen to any horse when ridden as such.
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    01-11-2013, 11:37 AM
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I have only ridden two Fresians and honestly, I am content to leave it at that. I think they are a beautiful breed but not ideal at all for a dressage horse, they are VERY hard to collect. I can't really find a way to describe it. Its almost tank like, without being a tank. If that makes sense? I love the big warmbloods, I love a thicker built TB and QH's hold a spot in my heart. But riding a Fresian just didn't do it for me.

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