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post #1 of 8 Old 12-21-2011, 01:52 AM Thread Starter
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what breed of horse should i look for?

im 6'5 and i weigh about 190ilbs... i have been riding horses since i was 4 and i am now 18 with tons of experience. Up until about 7 months ago i had ridden western my whole life, i then decided to switch to english. i was just kind looking for a little advice on what type of horse could support my weight and height that also happens to be good for dressage?
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post #2 of 8 Old 12-21-2011, 02:21 AM
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As far as the height and weight goes, breed isn't important. Build is.

Any horse breed could be a "Dressage horse". But this also depends on how far you plan on going. I've seen welsh ponies kick the a**'s of girls and their massive warmbloods because they were trained and just performed all around better. I dabbled a little in dressage and rode an Anglo Arabian and a Hanoverian. But I'm no expert.
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Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #3 of 8 Old 12-21-2011, 02:31 AM Thread Starter
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i think i should rephrase my question... is there a breed of horses that are on the taller side that carry weight well and have naturally good gaits?
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warmbloods are usually taller horses and if you pick one with a short back and strong pasterns it will carry weight.

Otherwise some Thoroughbreds (but you'd have to be very picky there, because there are more so-not-dressage-type TBs out there than there are dressage-type TBs).

I have to admit I am not a fan of Friesians or Andalusians as dressage horses (they are beautiful, just seems to be a bit of an uphill battle to get GOOD dressage out of them). Too much tendency for lack of engagement, suppleness and rhythm, from what I've seen. HOWEVER, they are often taller horses that are solid in build.

Otherwise SOME drafts and draft-crosses CAN be good dressage horses but it is harder to find a real nice sporthorse type.

If you were in Australia I'd point you towards a breeder who consistently produces very nice performance-type draft crosses. They are out there, if the cross is done right.
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post #5 of 8 Old 12-21-2011, 06:58 AM
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Warmbloods are pretty good, my friend is the same height as you, but it never stopped her from riding any horse?
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MY first horse was a draft X TN walker horse that did well in dressage. I made him a great tail horse. I am 6 foot 220 lbs. Horse was right at 16 h could carry anything.
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Hi Ceasar
Welcome to the forum
hope you have fun here
I think a Dutch Warmblood or an Andalusian, or Friesian
or a cross
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post #8 of 8 Old 12-22-2011, 01:19 AM
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Have you heard of Ian Miller he has ridden Dutch Warmbloods

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