Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Some times Llanelian - North wales, sometimes Hull in East Yorkshire (UK)
Nope no jaws dropping, I see a horse that is at the limit of its ability, is struggling to sit on its hocks and is not straight, the half pirouette in walk was not good. It is doing its best (and doing it well enough) but it is not easy for it. It is struggling to collect and conciquently the quality of movement is not there
I know enought about the clydesdale conformation to be able to comment on it as I worked one summer at a heavy horse centre doing displays, showing inhand, riding, schooling and generaly educating visitors about the breeds of heavy horse. They had a soppy Clyde stallion called Sam who was gorgeous and honestly tried his best for me but he just was not built for dressage. They are built to pull which means that whilst there is driving power in the hind end the slight croup high nature of the breed (slightly croup high being a desired trait in Clydes) makes it very difficult for them to get their behind underthem sufficiently for dressage and making them tend dump onto thier forehand.
I have ridden quite a few clydes and shires.
When you cross a clyde with a TB in general you tend to loose the croup high aspect and lighten the forehand making it more athletic.
ETA oops Kayty I crossposted with you, I agree it is not hte look it is the build that they don't have.
RIDE your horse FORWARDS and keep him STRAIGHT
Last edited by faye; 11-28-2012 at 08:04 AM.