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    08-01-2010, 07:45 PM
Help me compare current mare to prospective trades for dressage horse...

Guys I have not had my current mare long. She is a great mare - good temperment but Im not so sure she would make a good dressage horse. I have thought about trading her and have a few prospective trades but want to know what you guys think.

First is my mare 15.1 hand paint mare - she is 9-10ish


Here is her pic -

Next are all possible trades:
11yo TB gelding 16.3


16h 16yo TB gelding - no video - dead broke

Also keep im mind I've gained some weight im in the 240 range and normally I am 170 or less! Im sure when I get back into riding I will loose it but just keep that in mind!

I have 2 more that might be prospective but need to get pictures and video.
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    08-01-2010, 09:21 PM
Any horse can do low level dressage - it just depends how high you're thinking of going.

I like the second horse the best, doesn't look too bad at all. A conformation picture would be nice.

The last horse is underweight and is seriously lacking a topline. That's all I can say for his conformation, as I'm not the best judge!
    08-01-2010, 09:22 PM
Of the 2nd horse - that is all I have of him. Would you pick him over my current APHA mare?
    08-01-2010, 09:24 PM
If you don't want to put the work into your mare to make her suitable for dressage, then yes.
    08-01-2010, 09:26 PM
Well would you say she needs more work than he does?
    08-01-2010, 09:30 PM
Well it looks like your mare needs tons of encouragement to maintain/increase her pace, which is something you'd have to fix (it *is* fixable!) She also doesn't look like she uses her hind end much.

But yes, I would choose the TB over your mare if I wanted to start doing Dressage.
    08-01-2010, 09:31 PM
Does he appear that he could carry my weight? Im very novice right now also...his height doesnt bother me but would surely intmidate me over my mare. But I thought he seemed nice. Does he appear "off"?
    08-01-2010, 09:36 PM
He doesn't seem off to me. However, I'm not the best at catching things like that (sorry!).

Make sure you're very comfortable with the horse you choose, especially since you're a novice. As you probably know, Thoroughbreds tend be high-energy. Make sure he's not too much for you!

Are you taking lessons?
    08-01-2010, 09:38 PM
Yes I will be taking lessons and will have an instructor. This fella was never raced. Have been told he is very sane and calm. Also trail rides. Was a lesson horse at a hunter/jumper barn.
    08-01-2010, 09:46 PM
That's good! Sounds like a really nice boy, I'd definitely go check him out, and take him on a couple test rides. I do think he'd be good for dressage!

I think the weight thing should be okay, but if you're worried he won't be able to carry you, you could always look at some draft crosses - there are some really awesome ones out there that do well in dressage!

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