Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Southwest Missouri
Just adding to Guilherme's reply on "any horse can do dressage" which is so very true.
Not always, but most often MFT are shown in Western tack. In definition dressage itself translates to "training". Therefore any horse can be trained in the dressage movements, for example, 10 and 20 meter circles, spiraling, flying lead changes, tempe, piaffe, passage, etc. In the technical sense, Dressage requires the horse to have a walk, "bounce" trot and canter. The "bounce" trot is a true gait and not a gaited sequence of leg movement. However, MFT go very well in English tack and can be ridden "on the bit" in a true snaffle bridle. Some years ago now I got a ride on a MFT mare in English saddle and snaffle bridle with a trainer just for the sake of giving it a go.