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post #11 of 25 Old 09-18-2012, 02:31 AM
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I loved watching that! It definitely puts some of our American stuff to shame!

I believe a lot of that has to do with the sport of Bullfighting. Has anyone seen Merlin work? He's AMAZING. Aside from his rider stabbing a bull, that horse can MOVE. He does a lot of what that grey horse is doing.


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post #12 of 25 Old 09-18-2012, 09:24 AM Thread Starter
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Not so much bullfighting. That would be the equivalent to rodeo here. Originally it's working cattle.
This working Equitation has four parts. Dressage which is pretty close to Reining, then what's called Manageability precision, manageability speed(the video) and cattle work. Open to all breeds, but obviously dominated by Andalusians and Lusitanos.
What Merlin is doing is Spanish, the "art" of bullfighting. Interesting enough, they mainly breed Hispano-Arabs especially for that, Anglo-Andalusian crosses, since they're quicker on their feet than the straight Andalusian.
I do like the Portuguese bullfighting better, they don't kill the bull.
Ill see if I can find some footage of the Spanish competitions other than bullfighting

It's very impressive how well trained these horses are.
For me, that's the real dressage. These horses are bred for it. They might not have the gaits "who kick lights out", but they're naturally collected.

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post #13 of 25 Old 09-18-2012, 09:54 AM
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So.... who's getting me one of these horses for Christmas?? I think just over 3 months is sufficient time to ship one over here, right?
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Found something
The first one is Doma Vaquera in general, how they work cattle.it explains the garrocha, the long stick they carry and how they handle it.

The second is Alta Escuela. High school dressage basically. This video shows why I said these horses are built for dressage. You don't see such light piaffe and passage in dressage with warmbloods, period.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=nk_n1yQlmTO&feature=youtube_gdata_player
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Guess the first link didn't work...sorry

www.youtube.com/watch?v=nk_n1yQlmT0&feature=youtube_gdata_player

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I'll take the grey in the second video, maybe even two, yeap send me two.

And those saddles look like pillows with stirrups, perhaps I learned to ride in the wrong country...
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They are already here
Just rarely being used this way and with quite an exotic price tag.

The saddle is called "vaquera".
Its treeless, front and back connected with a tight straw web and sheepskin thrown over. Ultra secure and ultra comfy. I tried it on my TB
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Ah I love this stuff. Makes me super depressed that we don't have any competitions like that here. I've only done what I can, and my mare and I love it.
Gah, such a shame.
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Well I suppose I should probably get started on winning that lottery so I can get a few of these guys. And I also want that saddle, but how does it hold up for trail riding?
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Here is a tack shop:
Iberian Connection Spanish and Portuguese Saddles
Its a working saddle. So it definitely will hold up for trailriding

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