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AHA to Use Western Dressage Association® Rules & Tests

Aurora, CO (May 2, 2013) – The Arabian Horse Association (AHA) and the Western Dressage Association® of America (WDAA) is proud to announce the use of WDAA Western Dressage Tests for 2013 Western Dressage classes.

The Arabian Horse Association Board of Directors recently voted to use the rules and tests of WDAA for Western Dressage classes starting in the 2014 competition year. AHA and WDAA look forward to offering Western Dressage as another discipline in which the versatile Arabian horse can showcase its versatility and unique style.

AHA and WDAA are eager to offer additional opportunities to riders and their horse via the partnership. The use of Western Dressage Tests for 2013 gives riders the chance to receive feedback on their ride, creating an opportunity to learn, grow and train to the maximum benefit of the horse and rider partnership. Whether Western Dressage is the ultimate discipline of choice or a training tool on the road to other western riding pursuits, the opportunity will exist for members of these associations.

About the Western Dressage Association® of America: The Western Dressage Association® of America is a 501(c)(3) educational non-profit organization focused on providing a model of horsemanship which optimizes the partnership of horse and rider for their mutual benefit. The mission of the Western Dressage Association® is "to honor the horse, to value the partnership between horse and rider and to celebrate the legacy of the American West" which it focuses on through its offerings of educational opportunities and events to the equestrian community. To discover more about the WDAA, please visit www.westerndressageassociation.org.

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Good! Now let's hope they keep it natural......
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JUST what we need in AHA..... another division!!!!

Sorry.

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I wish the Arabian Horse Association Board of Directors would address the breeding of Arabians with sea-horse heads and tabletop backs. After that, they could do anything they wanted. I'll be darned if I see the point of 'western dressage', but if it gets folks off their duffs and out riding, I guess it is OK. Personally, I'm still trying to convince my Arabian not to trot sideways past trash cans... I probably ought to give in, wear a top hat, tip it to the neighbors and pretend we do it on purpose!

Guess at my level, western dressage is how we prance down a wash. I wonder if the lizards appreciate our performance.

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[QUOTE=bsms;2431690] Personally, I'm still trying to convince my Arabian not to trot sideways past trash cans... I probably ought to give in, wear a top hat, tip it to the neighbors and pretend we do it on purpose!
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LOL Post photos! I want to see that performance.
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I wish the Arabian Horse Association Board of Directors would address the breeding of Arabians with sea-horse heads and tabletop backs. After that, they could do anything they wanted. I'll be darned if I see the point of 'western dressage', but if it gets folks off their duffs and out riding, I guess it is OK. Personally, I'm still trying to convince my Arabian not to trot sideways past trash cans... I probably ought to give in, wear a top hat, tip it to the neighbors and pretend we do it on purpose!

Guess at my level, western dressage is how we prance down a wash. I wonder if the lizards appreciate our performance.
I thought "Seahorse heads" were desirable? and I think I know what you mean by tabletop backs, but could you explain, please?
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I thought "Seahorse heads" were desirable? and I think I know what you mean by tabletop backs, but could you explain, please?
They're desirable, as they seem to be the trend, but the issue is when it's too extreme. One of the arguments against them is that that type of head isn't how arabians are supposed to look, i.e. that's not how arabians were bred to look originally by the Bedouins. There are people that are worried about the effects on the horses when it's too extreme, and whether they can even breathe properly- Basically, that the extreme trend is putting the pretty looks over functionality. I'm trying really hard to keep my personal opinion out of this, lol, hopefully this is an okay explanation.
As for the tabletop backs, have you ever seen those arabians in halter classes whose backs and croups are totally level with each other, and just... flat? That's a table top back, as far as I know.
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Seahorse heads...I think it is repulsive:



Flat back:



A famous Arabian that I cannot stand:



Compare to Mia, who wouldn't win anything:


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Don't get me wrong, I am total agreement. I find that look to be somewhat repugnant, too. But, I thought it was desired by the Arab breed folks .
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The sea horse head : PEOPLE have bred that in
Tabletop croup(not back): put any Arabian in that artificial show pose, under tension, you get that croup.
Show me these pictured horses standing square, normal, and lets judge then.
And, for the horse with the sea horse head...I bet, without make up, out on pasture and a little less "editing", he's only half sea horse.

I have seen quite a few show horses at home, behind closed doors, so to speak, and I didn't recognize a single one.

Oh, and btw....

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