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post #1 of 16 Old 03-08-2008, 09:10 AM Thread Starter
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Breed Choice

Hi All.

I am looking for my very first horse (dressage prospect) and was wondering if there is a specifc breed you would recommend better than the others for this activity. Personally I love Arabians, but I see that in dressage they mostly use Warmbloods, Oldenburgs, and other noble breeds.

Would it be a wise choice to go with a pure-bred Arabian? Is there a reason why we do not see many Arabians in dressage?

If the price was the same, what breed would you choose between three?

Thanks everyone! :)
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post #2 of 16 Old 03-08-2008, 10:23 AM
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How high are you wanting to compete? If you want to stay to lower levels of dressage I would get a breed of horse you really enjoy as pretty much any horse could do it. If you plan on going higher up the levels the warmbloods is the breed thats "in" right now.

I personally don't give much care for the warmbloods and tbs and usually go for the large crosses.

It depends how high you want to compete, what you are comfortable riding and how much you have to spend.
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post #3 of 16 Old 03-08-2008, 05:05 PM
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It is not natural for an arab to do dressage. The find it harder than other breeds.
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post #4 of 16 Old 03-08-2008, 06:12 PM
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Originally Posted by twodozenroses
It is not natural for an arab to do dressage. The find it harder than other breeds.

I have to disagree... I have seen really nice Arabians compete at the higher levels. I mean, most breeds technically can reach that level, however certain breeds are favored to do the upper levels. Having said that, not EVERY horse of EVERY breed can - only individuals with the conformation and mind can.

Anyways, there is nothing wrong with getting an Arab to do dressage with, other than the fact that some judges don't like them and will discriminate, there is nothing to say that an Arab can't do it.

If you want to do the upper-levels, I'd suggest a Warmblood, but if you want an Arab, then go for it!

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post #5 of 16 Old 03-08-2008, 08:21 PM
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Any breed can do dressage, it's just you'll see Warmbloods in the higher levels.
If your going for 3rd,4th and Grand Prix, then I suggest a warmblood.
1st and 2nd you could choose a Thoroughbred, Warmblood, Arabian, whatever (with the conformation and training, of course). Below that, pretty much any breed will work.
Personally, I think it's more about the heart and training then the breed itself.
Good luck!
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post #6 of 16 Old 03-08-2008, 10:11 PM
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It's like any other english sport. Depending on what level you want to achieve some horses will have more difficulties getting up to it. Some horses you wouldn't expect to be competing at certain levels I have seen beat the crap out of the more expensive horses. You need to know what you are looking for.
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post #7 of 16 Old 03-09-2008, 12:59 AM
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My first horse was an Arabian that was trained to 3rd level and he was a FANTASTIC first horse for me and taught me so much.

If you are just wanting to get into Dressage and start showing the lower levels then some Arabs can definitely be good for that and then maybe after a few years you will be wanting to do the higher levels, so then you look for a better horse that is capable(which is what I did)

The reasons why Arabs aren't seen in the higher levels are what people have said above, but also because of the overall mentality of them as well as the confirmation not allowing them to mantain such a high degree of collection.

I would suggest just looking around in your area for a horse that is trained in Dressage and see what breeds come up in your area and just try possible horses and see what you end up liking.
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post #8 of 16 Old 03-09-2008, 10:44 AM
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I used to ride this Polish Arab, he was AMAZING. His owner did just about everything with him, eventing, show jumping, and then when he got a bit older she focused on dressage and showed him up to Prix St. George (and was winning). When I started riding him she had retired him to a trail horse, he was about 18 and arthritis had started to kick in and he just couldnt do the upper level movements anymore. I showed him in a couple w/t classes and he just loved to be in the ring, he seemed to strut around.
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post #9 of 16 Old 03-09-2008, 10:49 AM
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I beg to differ about Arabs not being able to collect. They are one of the breeds that find it very easy because of the conformation to collect. They even start to collect naturally.
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post #10 of 16 Old 03-09-2008, 07:49 PM
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angalo arabians are great because they still have arab chariteristics but are taller
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