Does this mare look like a Dressage Prospect to you?

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Does this mare look like a Dressage Prospect to you?

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    04-13-2011, 02:58 PM
Does this mare look like a Dressage Prospect to you?

Around 15hh (needs to be sticked to confirm)

5 year old Arab mare, she has 60 days under saddle with a trainer.

I'd love your opinions good bad indifferent, I'm seriously tempted by her as I bought her mother last year and she is an awesome little mare
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    04-13-2011, 03:42 PM
She definitely has a huge stride! She looks a little quick but that could be just because they were chasing her around. I think your biggest issue is being able to work with that trot--keeping it true even with a rider on her back. Also, this video only shows her trot. What about her walk and canter? Conformation-wise, I like the look of her. :)
    04-13-2011, 04:11 PM
Seeing as a dressage horse (as a prospect) is generally judged on their walk and canter, I can't say.
Based on the trot, I would say no the horse is not a good dressage prospect and would be better suited to liberty, halter and possibly saddle seat. The trot is very flashy and not very suitable for dressage. I prefer a solid, correct uphill trot with very little flash, a very uphill balanced canter (this mare does not even offer a canter) and a very clear walk.

Good luck!
    04-13-2011, 07:26 PM
That's all the pics/videos I have for now, I do seriously like her, just from that clip, so like her momma.
    04-13-2011, 07:38 PM
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I too am not fussed. Even just as far as arab movement goes its not spectacular.

Depends what level of dressage you want to do as well. Arabs don't tend to make it to the higher levels either because of thier movement or most often because the horses are too intellegent.
My arab was impossible to do dressage on, you couldnt ride through a test even once with him. He learnt the tests and started anticipating or adding to it to give himself something to think about.
    04-13-2011, 07:53 PM
I have to say, not really...

She's not actually tracking up, and for such a big, excited trot, I find that slightly worrying.

Arabs aren't really built for dressage, you just don't see them at the higher levels, their neck and tail set is too high, their croup too short, it means they struggle to lift through the back and work from behind.
    04-13-2011, 08:10 PM
Originally Posted by faye    
I too am not fussed. Even just as far as arab movement goes its not spectacular.

Really? I thought for Arab movement it wasn't bad, I can see what people are saying though, but then I'm not headed for top level dressage.

LOL, heart and head do tend to battle each other don't they
    04-13-2011, 08:57 PM
She looks shorter than 15hh, More like 14.1 or 2. Her movement is pretty, more of a free flowing trot than the knee lifting action trot most wanted in the Arab show ring today. But then, she isn't a modern type Arabian.

I can't say much about her suitableness for dressage as I'm no expert there, but she is a cute mare. Good luck with whatever you decide on!
    04-13-2011, 10:04 PM
Well, she's cute! I think the barn I work at would like to work with her (they're saddleseat though!). If you liked her dam a lot and you like her, then I would say why not? If you're not in it to get to the top anyway, it doesn't hurt to try and see where you go with her.

I do low level dressage with my arabian and I don't know how he's "built" for it, I'm not good with confo stuff, but he tries his best and we've accomplished a lot :) I think some horses can surprise you. I know that conformation has a lot to do with what a horse can do whether it's saddleseat, dressage, jumping, etc, but I also think that sometimes horses you wouldn't think would make it in a certain discipline do, because they have a lot of heart and try.

(Just so nobody gets upset at this.. cause I see a lot of this on threads lol- I'm NOT saying that heart makes up for poor confo, just saying that a horse with heart can often go further than you would anticipate! Also not saying you should push a horse past what they're capable of so you don't put extra stress on their bodies)

Just my two cents!
    04-13-2011, 10:54 PM
I so agree about the 'heart' thing CountryLady, no it doesn't trump conformation, but it doesn't matter how well designed they are for the job they are asked to do, if they don't want to do it, then they will never do well.

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