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post #271 of 502 Old 11-27-2012, 04:29 PM
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Off topic-Bluebird-the thought of mine doing barrels made me laugh out loud. He thinks he is really fast......ummmmm I have never told him otherwise. A friend of mine entered a point to point last year in a flat class on his-it was hysterical......they did finish, but I think the rest of the horses already had their saddles off. Just big lap dogs.

I have seen an Andalusian-a huge drafty one-doing reining-and he did ok.....the roll backs and spins were tough, but he did them!
YOU go! Never underestimate your horse, especially is he is 1/2 Clyde! You just can't go wrong...
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Exactly.
I've seen so much in all these years, and im up for more surprises. I've seen Standardbreds outjump warmbloods, I've seen a Hanoverian win in western pleasure and trail against quarters and paints, Arabians cut, Haflingers beat quarters in open reining, clydesdales do western and dressage, Friesians do western, there is no limit. Good riding is good riding, and a good horse is a good horse.
Nobody should stop anybody from doing something to grow.
And I can see Western dressage as an alternative for all those western riders who don't have intentions to show pleasure, or reining, or any of the other disciplines offered in breed shows.

I don't think there is any danger for the existing competitions at all. It should be fun, not drama.
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post #273 of 502 Old 11-27-2012, 04:44 PM
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YOU go! Never underestimate your horse, especially is he is 1/2 Clyde! You just can't go wrong...
My trainer took her 1/2 draft (clydesdale) though Fourth level. That was a gorgeous moving horse. She could've gone much higher, but someone offered a price my trainer couldn't resist, so she sold her.

I recently saw a video of a full clydesdale doing freestyle dressage. It brought tears to my eyes it was so beautiful.
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I think that makes absolute sense Deserthorsewoman. You need to preserve the ethos of Western style riding. Classical or english style has its place in the dressage arena but then so should Western dressage. It needs to have a proper set of standards drawn up and a benchmark set to do it competitively (forgive me if this is already done - I haven't seen WD in the UK yet). Keep at it. I want to see more and more people push boundaries in the snobby, horsey world - just like me and my beloved Patrick (Clydesdale) do. I also have another Clydesdale called Saxon. He is still a baby and I have to wait another 18 months before he reaches 3 years. This means he can be broken to ride and he is going to be trained to ride Western! We have a trainer in the UK who resides in Wales who teaches and trains horses to be ridden Western style. He can't wait to get his hands on Saxon!LOL Who knows, Saxon and I may set the standard for an abomination (Heavy Horse) doing things we shouldn't be doing like Western. Watch out America, Roy Rogers and Trigger, and all of you guys who ride western, the Clydesdales are coming....We are trying for world domination!LOL
And causing major earthquakes in the process
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Of course the guy that trained for cutting would say that. Now find a dressage trainer who agree's. Or better yet, put the cutting horse in a third level test and show us the score sheet. It wouldn't be pretty.
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Core, have you ever ridden a cutting horse??? Or is that beneath you? Because I can tell you is that a good cutting horse wouldn't be beneath your butt for very long.....

Your a purist and you've as much as admitted it.......go ride your horse.
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my hanoverian would never win western pleasure. She's not built for it. Not to say I could never ride her western if I wanted to, but I prefer to work with her strengths and do sports that she is built for, instead of working against her body.

As for draft horses doing dressage, I wont get into that.
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How many cutting horses won the Olympics?
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Did you miss the Olympic Cutting Horse classes too?????
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my hanoverian would never win western pleasure. She's not built for it. Not to say I could never ride her western if I wanted to, but I prefer to work with her strengths and do sports that she is built for, instead of working against her body.

As for draft horses doing dressage, I wont get into that.
note: I said "a", not "all". This particular one dominated the open shows in trail and pleasure for at least 4 years in a row. With all his 16hands. Heck, my 16.1 TB had an absolute dream jog. Lope was a different story...
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