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post #21 of 67 Old 10-30-2013, 12:57 PM
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It depends on what height you are/what height horse your comfortable riding but welsh ponies especially C's can have very animated action and can do well in the dressage sphere.

In fact one of Springfieldpark Unique (by Horeb Euros out of Tinvaal Princess who is by Gwelfro Tywysod) offspring ( Eponas Brenin Mathrafal) is expected to make the Norwegian National Dressage team next year after winning the National Dressage Championships.

Also her first foal Plassens King Daniel by Nebo Daniel is currently competing at Prix. ST George level dressage in Norway.

The Welsh breed is very versitial and strong and if you chose to follow that path I am sure they could carry you to the top of the dressage circuit :)

Good Luck finding your horse :)
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post #22 of 67 Old 10-30-2013, 12:57 PM
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I was on the verge of buying a lovely, quiet 7yo Holsteiner/TB cross mare who was started in eventing (so had some dressage work done) for $1000 a year and a half ago. They had originally priced her at $7500 less than six months before, but fancy English horses don't sell for as much as good roping and working cowhorses do in my area and they needed her off their feed bill, so they dropped her price drastically.

That being said, I would get the word out that you're looking and what you're looking for. Talk to trainers, breeders, post ads on Craigslist and DreamHorse. Someone has the right horse for you, they just may not be actively searching for a buyer.
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I'm sure this has been suggested, but I would search for some Thoroughbreds. There are many out there that have dressage potential. They may not make it to GP level, but there are quite a few that can stick it out in the higher levels and beat WBs. I cannot recommend TBs enough honestly. They're one of the best breeds out there versatility-wise. Not to mention most aren't over-priced like many Warmbloods. My vote would be to definitely look for some TBs with dressage potential.
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It depends on what height you are/what height horse your comfortable riding but welsh ponies especially C's can have very animated action and can do well in the dressage sphere.

In fact one of Springfieldpark Unique (by Horeb Euros out of Tinvaal Princess who is by Gwelfro Tywysod) offspring ( Eponas Brenin Mathrafal) is expected to make the Norwegian National Dressage team next year after winning the National Dressage Championships.

Also her first foal Plassens King Daniel by Nebo Daniel is currently competing at Prix. ST George level dressage in Norway.

The Welsh breed is very versitial and strong and if you chose to follow that path I am sure they could carry you to the top of the dressage circuit :)

Good Luck finding your horse :)
I will consider Welsh ponies. I rode one as a teenager and just loved everything about her.
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post #25 of 67 Old 10-30-2013, 01:03 PM
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Welsh C's doing Dressage Their max height is 13.2 but they are very wide :)
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All great ideas and good points.
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Problem with the Draft Crosses is that now I need an XLT trailer, XLT saddle and all that adds up. Of course draft horses are more on the laid back side (closer to bombproof). But I can handle a slightly spooky horse, but I don't want one that freaks out every time it sees something new. So maybe I should look at the below 5 level on the spookyness scale.
Then you may want to reconsider looking at horses up to 17hh

But not all draft crosses are huge- the ones that are more suited to dressage are going to be the lighter ones, more in the 16hh range.

I have to say, though, I have really enjoyed how easy it is to get my 15hh Lusitano x QH around. And mount from the ground. Short horses FTW!
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post #28 of 67 Old 10-30-2013, 01:07 PM
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Here are D's doing Dressage. They have no max height :)
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On the subject of draft crosses, I have one. I've been told by several people that he would be stellar at dressage. He's 4.5-years-old and is 16.3hh and about 1500-1600lbs. Other than requiring a draft-size halter and bridle and a taller (warmblood) trailer (although for now we can get away with a standard slant trailer because his neck is fairly short, but he needs two stall spaces), we don't require any special sized equipment. He's a paint/Percheron cross.

The user smrobs has a QH/Belgian cross who is the same age as my gelding and is 16.2hh. She rides him in a FQHB western saddle and regular horse halter and bridle (she got lucky!).

If you go with a taller TB, TB cross, or WB cross, you'll have some of the same issues as having a draft cross.
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On the subject of draft crosses, I have one. I've been told by several people that he would be stellar at dressage. He's 4.5-years-old and is 16.3hh and about 1500-1600lbs. Other than requiring a draft-size halter and bridle and a taller (warmblood) trailer (although for now we can get away with a standard slant trailer because his neck is fairly short, but he needs two stall spaces), we don't require any special sized equipment. He's a paint/Percheron cross.

The user smrobs has a QH/Belgian cross who is the same age as my gelding and is 16.2hh. She rides him in a FQHB western saddle and regular horse halter and bridle (she got lucky!).

If you go with a taller TB, TB cross, or WB cross, you'll have some of the same issues as having a draft cross.
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Good point. I recently got to ride a Gypsy Vanner horse and loved it - great disposition.
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