Rocky Mountain horses and their abilities other than trail?

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    07-15-2008, 10:38 PM
Rocky Mountain horses and their abilities other than trail?

Hey everyone!

I just purchased a 4-year-old Rocky Mtn horse and would like to do dressage with him as well as use him as a pleasure/trail horse. My trainer and I got in a bit of a tiff today as she argued they can't be used for that, though apparently it seems they can be used for anything.

Just how far can they go in dressage and can they compete against the more typical breeds?

Thanks so much for the help!

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    07-16-2008, 11:27 AM
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I have never heard of Rocky Mountains being used as dressage mounts, but is there really any reason why they can't be? I don't see why not, they are such a versitile breed....look at the Tennessee Walkers that are used for barrel racing and jumping. :) I think that is pretty sweet myself.
    07-16-2008, 01:26 PM
I've never heard of them being used for dressage but see no reason why they couldn't be. I've seen them used for mounted shooting, endurance and jumping.
    07-17-2008, 07:16 PM
Hi firespirit!

Dressage is a great way to really build up the horse's back muscles, and to teach them to stretch and collect their frames. There are lots of avenues for you to compete in gaited dressage events. However, I wouldn't suggest doing traditional dressage, as you would be required to trot in the patterns. I allow my horses to trot a little bit...but you may lose some of your nice singlefoot gait, if you allow your horse to stay in the trot mode. Trotting is much easier & more effortless than gaiting, so your horse may have a hard time keeping a nice gait over time.

One myth about the Rockies is that they don't canter... I love cantering mine, although I do have a few who are on the pacey side, so instead of doing a nice 3 beat canter, they do a 4beat pace-gallop. Yuck! My mare, Nikki, competed against some nice Tennessee Walking horses in a 3 gaited class last year (walk, gait & canter), and she beat out some really nice horses to win the class! :)

My last word on this topic... many people buy horses thinking to do everything with them... However, know that the Rockies were bred to be calm, smooth trail mounts...while they can do other things, sometimes they won't excel in these tasks. Same goes for other breeds.. People should first pick a horse for the sport they want to compete in... if you want to do more, realize there will be some limitations.

Just my thoughts! Personally, I do shows, trail trials, parades & some gaited dressage with my horses.

Jennifer's Stonehedge Farms--Cedaredge, CO
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    07-17-2008, 07:37 PM
I was going to sugest the gaited dressage too! I ahve heard of it, but have not seen it yet! Woudl really like too though!
    10-19-2011, 10:13 PM
They can do anything you teach them to. Check this out.
    10-22-2011, 10:37 PM
I am really interested to see what you end up using him for! You never know what you might be able to do with a horse... they're all different!

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