I agree that you can't compare the horse's because their strides are not all together.
However, you CAN look at other things.
First picture--horse is broken at the third vertebra, therefore the poll is not the highest point--probably because he is trained BTV. His head is behind the vertical. If you draw a line from the base of the neck (The starting point of the thoracic spine) to the point of the hip where the pelvis meets the spine, he is, again, slightly down hill, when he should be AT LEAST even or better yet, uphill. He isn't horrible, however.
Second: I really dislike this horse. He looks angry, his haunches are high in the air, if you draw the line again he is downhill, and he has the classic 'massive shoulders' of todays incorrectly trained dressage horses. Broken at the 3, or maybe 4th vertebra, and behind the vertical. The head shouldn't be pulled under the poll--the horse should raise the poll over the nose. Looks like the same thing, but they are achieved two VERY different ways.
Last horse: Way behind the vertical, which I'm not a fan of, and the curb is being used too strongly for the particular maneuver. If you draw the line he is even, so he is at the second level of training, out of three. I like his body the best, but because of the BTV, it looks like his chest is starting to sink--which means the haunches will come up.
I don't really like any of them. :) I hate BTV.
If you want to learn about classical dressage, I know a few REALLY good websites with diagrams that I think you'd love... you know, REAL classical dressage, not competitive dressage with a classical name. You'll probably like French Classical (Yay Phillippe Karl!), as I do. He's a brilliant man.
Competitive dressage has gone down the crapper.
Last edited by mayfieldk; 11-12-2008 at 04:23 PM.