Bluebird, one does not need to ride or own a horse to have a valid opinion on its conformation. It's not about the 'right look', it's the 'right build'. We look at the build because a correct build with make the sport mitch easier for the horse.
Yes like any breed, there are a handful of clydies that might do alright in dressage, but that doesn't mean that they are all going to go FEI. They are built to pull things with their front legs - this has been red into them for hundreds of years. Just as warmbloods have been been bred for hundreds of years to carry weight on their haunches. I have yet to see a Clyde with quality enough paces to be competitive in dressage, and most of these 'clydies doing dressage' videos do not show them in true collection.
Like friesians, they bend their knees and hocks a bit to look fan y pulling a cart, but don't sit behind.
I think they're gorgeous horses and it's lovely seeing them being competed in dressage, but for the serious, competitive dressage rider they are just not suited. Posted via Mobile Device