Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Some times Llanelian - North wales, sometimes Hull in East Yorkshire (UK)
, so idk, maybe it's acceptable in the sport horse breeds to have straighter hocks?
No it is not more acceptable in sports horses. TBH 3rd level dressage is within the reach of most semi athletic type horses/ponies if the owner is prepared to put the work in to them/has the knowlege. I know of lots of purebred connemaras, several Fell and dale ponies, some highlands and even a hafflinger that are competing at higher levels then 3rd level (which is approx medium level over here), it is above that level that it gets harder. Personaly I wouldnt have looked at the stallion at all.
Your lad is going to struggle with those upright hocks for dressage as getting his weight back over them is going to put enormous pressure on them and they have a greater chance of not standing up to the pressure.
My lad is sports horse bred (dutch warmblood lines) and his hocks are realy good.
RIDE your horse FORWARDS and keep him STRAIGHT