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I have to a lot of Dressage Days, Club, State and National and the one thing that I notice and wonder about, is that the majority of all Riders are sitting on Horses that are less than SUITABLE for Dressage and many that can't go on in Dressage. Further, this lack of education within the Industry, on how to buy Horses that are 'fit for purpose' condemns many of our Friends to a Life of Hell and of course the Owners to disappointment and frustration. How would you like being made to enter the Sydney to Surf if you weren't up to the task?
Dressage is probably the most difficult of Horse Sports with Years involved in getting up the Grades and probably at least 7 Years to get to the top. People don't get many chances during their Career as time goes fast and before you know it, you are starting to get Arthritic, especially if you are a serious Player. Hips or Knees going early on for many.
So what should you not buy or
what should you???..........
Basically, conformation is everything. It starts and ends with it and the build of the Horse dictates many things.
There is no doubt that Geldings are more reliable and LESS RESISTANT than Mares
Frozen Semen and Chilled is the Stuff of Gamblers and in the majority of Cases, it fails. Buy on the Ground.
They are not built for the job. Yes, there are a lot of Frieshians out there but they struggle in areas of 'collection', 'sitting' and the 'Canter'
WHAT TO BUY?
If you have serious Plans for Dressage, you have to be riding a Warmblood. If you are a Casual Dressage Rider however, consider the following:
Don't buy Horses that are RUMP HIGH
by then wither High
Don't buy Horses that are long in the
Don't buy Horses that are short in the Neck
buy them like this
buy like this
Don't buy Horses that are straight in the Shoulder
buy this NZ medium Champion
Don't buy Necks that come out of the Body like this
buy them the opposite way around
Don't buy Horses that have straight back Legs
Don't buy Horses that are 'weak behind' for this is a sign of Unsoundness.
buy like this
Don't buy Horses with Rumps that slope off like this
DON'T EVER BUY A HORSE WITH A CLUB HOOF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is almost always an unsoundness, a reason for an unbalanced Horse in the work and probably FLYING CHANGES problems after you have worked 2 or 3 Years to get there.
Don't buy Horses that stand like this. They can't 'SIT' like others.
Don't buy Horses that sand with their Necks like this. They cannot maintain a Head Set as they are not mechanically designed for the job.
Don't buy Horses that trot around like this with the Neck or with Necks that come out of the Body like that.
Buy this Neck and that go like this
Don't buy Horses with uneven Muscle Tone. It means Veterinary Problems in a large percentage of cases. or at least a one sided Horse.
Don't buy Horses with a degenerated rear end compared with a large front end. Almost always caused by Unsoundness.
So in other words, BUY ON CONFORMATION and you will be far more successful and be riding a much happier Horse that is "fit for the Purpose"
To NOT buy a Horse designed for the job of Dressage, is unfair upon the Horses.
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