Hello! Though I lease a lovely Standardbred, Playday, I've been riding another of the barn owner's horses, Bailey, after my ride on Playday. Bailey is also who I ride in lessons, the focus of which is dressage. Which brings me to my confirmation question:
What makes Bailey (pictured first) conformationally better suited for dressage than Playday (pictured second)?They are completely different horses both to ride and look at.
I'd love to understand a little more of the mechanics (for lack of a better word) that make them suited for the tasks they are bred for (Playday a racing trotter, Bailey for dressage and driving).
I understand some basic things - Playday's long back means it's harder for her to collect herself, but keeps her from interfering with herself when trotting at 32 mph. But the rest....is a mystery.
Playday's trot is gorgeous (of course) with a lovely floaty-ness. Her canter is super smooth to ride, but definitely flat. Bailey's trot is less 'huge' but looks very fancy and his canter is this big circus-y (in a good way) movement that is fun to ride and very pretty to see!
A few details:
Playday is a 5 year old, 16 h(ish) OTT Standardbred who has been under saddle for just over a year and is learning lots! Bailey is a 10 year old 15 h Welsh Cob who both trains and competes in dressage.
And...I've included one of Playday in motion. The other two are not her most flattering, and I felt a bit guilty (Bailey is such a looker - even winter-fuzzy and post-ride sweaty). She is really a pretty girl, especially when moving. Also - pay no mind to the lunge line - there was a bit of a jail break that day. She is not usually lunged with a lead trailing along behind her!
Looking forward to learning a lot from your comments and thanks in advance!