Originally Posted by BBBCrone
This brings up a good point. I would think Arabs would be wonderful in this sport at high levels. Is there a reason they aren't up there? I'm guessing this is a newbie question but I know absolutely zero about dressage. I just love to watch it :)
I was heavily into Arabs when I was younger. Most don't have the hind end to do high level dressage. What I ran into is the majority are very straight in the croup, with straight hind legs. Some lines are still bred for athleticism under saddle, and they've done quite well in dressage (with the right trainer).
I have seen a few really nice Arab thoroughbred crosses. I was impressed with the Arab friesian cross I saw. But I think the warmblood Arab crosses usually look like someone just added pieces together at random (I did see one that looked good).
It really just comes back to correct conformation for dressage. If you can find an Arab, or Arab cross, that's got the conformation for dressage then it can do well. If not, it's a struggle when you start working on collection. Posted via Mobile Device