Originally Posted by churumbeque
Doesn't mean he can't do it. Maybe a better rider and more training would help. We are talking low level not Gran Prix.
I thought he was a nice looking horse and she had plenty of pictures and video on him verses a few bad pictures showing some purdy color.
As I said, IMO that rider is riding him quite well so no, I don't think a better rider will help. I never said he couldn't do it, just that it will be hard and I don't think he will stand up to the work. Why make it hard for a horse not built for the work when you can buy a horse who will find training/first level easy. Yes it is lower level, but would you rather be riding a clunky, choppy strided horse with a bad canter that may or may not stay sound or a smooth strided, well built horse that can easily perform the work and stay sound? I personally would go for the second horse. This draft cross is not ideal for moderate work even and a well conformed QH or Appendix is far more suitable.
Just because something is cresty doesn't mean it's a good dressage prospect, even at the lower levels.