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post #1 of 9 Old 10-01-2010, 10:25 AM Thread Starter
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TWH doing cowboy dressage???

Since I am set on getting a TWH, I would love to do a little more than just trail ride. I would love to learn cowboy dressage,but I am not sure if a gaited breed could do it. Are there any of you TWH owners out there that do dressage with your horse? Is it possible for a gaited breed like the TWH to be supple and versatile enough to be able to do dressage? I don't think I will be showing in it or anything, would just love to learn it and also I think it would be good for the horse too. What do you all think?
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post #2 of 9 Old 10-01-2010, 01:39 PM
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Thumbs up Hi

I have had TWH's all my life and although they're not bred for dressage i have seen them do many other incredible things, so im sure with the right amount of training a TWH could do dressage don't hold me to that though im just guessing i have never seen it done before

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Do a youtube search of 'TWH dressage' there are lots of horses doing it. It's not as common as regular dressage...they actually adapt it to the gaited horse. Its very interesting stuff.
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We incorporate dressage training with our gaited horses. Some of the shows my trainer attends have gaited dressage classes!
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post #5 of 9 Old 10-01-2010, 03:33 PM
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You really have to look at the individual horse's conformation.... You can't just say an entire breed can or cannot do a certain discipline.

I rein with my MFT mare, but she's built like a reiner:

This MFT probably wouldn't be able to rein as well:

And this TWH is much more suited for dressage:

Than this one:

It just depends... But it definitely can be done with the right horse.
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Cloudsmystique: wow! your horse is beautiful! and those pics of those TWH are great too! thanks for the comparison. I see what you mean about conformation being an important factor.
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post #7 of 9 Old 10-03-2010, 10:24 PM
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Larry Whitesell trains gaited horses and uses some movements/training from dressage within his training programs with great success. I think the tricky part, besides conformation, is that I wouldn't expect to be able to take a TWH that's been trained to be stiff and ridden by a riding in chair-seat position, and start on dressage without some re-training on suppling and so forth. I think it would be great for both the rider and horse, but it will be work.
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post #8 of 9 Old 10-05-2010, 10:48 AM
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Dressage (with an upper case "D") is walk/trot/canter. Dressage (with a lower case "d") is "training" and can be just about anything.

"Cowboy dressage" (and "gaited dressage") is really the small "d" stuff and can be an effective way to train a horse, any horse.

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post #9 of 9 Old 10-13-2010, 05:37 PM
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I have used dressage to train my TWH. There are some tests adapted to the WH, some shows are allowing them. Many gaited horse shows are adding them.

I live in AK so I just show up where ever I want to ride my guy, admittedly not at a dressage show yet until I know we are doing excellent.

Here are tests from intro to third level

National Walking Horse Association

I love the responsiveness and strength my horse is building. I love the way dressage training builds one skill that leads into another. It is a slower process but it has been a great way of going for us!
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