Almost any kind of horse can perform well in dressage if they have natural ability, good training and a skilled rider. However, some kinds of horses will bring different challenges for dressage riders to overcome.
Can thoroughbreds do dressage?
Simple answer: Yes, look for a relaxed thoroughbred.
Long answer: OTTB (Of the track thoroughbred) horses are often considered unsuited to dressage. There are biases against them because of the experiences these horses have in racing.
Some of them can be too tense for dressage, but assuming that all OTTB horses aren’t appropriate can cause you to overlook some very, very excellent dressage horses for potentially very low prices comparatively.
Resale needs to be a consideration; people looking to buy eventing horses are sometimes put off knowing they are thoroughbred. However, if you dedicate yourself to the horse and perform well in your dressage career, your horse’s performance will speak for itself.
Can standardbreds do dressage?
Simple answer: Yes, their spring and energy can be a positive.
Long answer: Standardbreds are often used in harness racing and are taught to have long trots. This is the opposite of what we want in dressage; a nice, collected canter. So the biggest challenge with an off the track standardbred will be getting it to relax into a canter.
On the other hand, standardbreds have a lot of spring and energy, which results in excellent stepping.
It is uncommon to see standardbreds in dressage, so you’re likely to meet the same aversion when reselling as you would with a thoroughbred.
Can Clydesdales do dressage?
Simple answer: Clydesdales can do lower level dressage, but struggle to compete at top levels.
Long answer: Clydesdales are able to perform at lower level dressage and will benefit from it just like any other horse.
However, Clydesdales have been bred to be strong and thick, for their pulling power. This prevents them from the agility and detail that is required of horses competing in higher levels of dressage.
If you’re aiming to go to the top, you should avoid riding a Clydesdale, but if dressage is a passionate hobby, they will do fine. They may even outperform other horses in the earlier stages because of their steadiness, and may be more forgiving for less experienced riders.
What is the optimal dressage horse?
Simple answer: Andalusian, Warmblood, Hanoverian, Lusitano, Oldenburg, Westphalian.
Long answer: The breeds above were the most popular horses used in dressage at the 2008 Olympics.
They are chosen because of their naturally good conformation and their ability to learn and adapt to the tasks that dressage require of a horse.
5 Things To Look For In A Heavy Machinery Shed
If you’re in the market for farming sheds or heavy machinery equipment, you probably have your own checklist of things that you take into consideration.
But if you’re looking to establish a long-term relationship with a shed building company, you need to make sure that their buildings satisfy a few criteria:
The most important factor for a shed or steel structure is its strength. Make sure that the building’s foundation are planted deep into the soil and that the frame is strong. Experience is important here; a business that has been around a long time will have engineers that always get it right.
What is the shed made of? Every building material can be substituted for a cheaper one, but this puts you at risk of dangerous building malfunctions, damages and wear.
The best materials are Australian materials, so make sure that your shed is built with them.
Ease of access is crucially important when building a shed. What kinds of machinery do you need to get in and out? Which direction will you approach the shed from? Are you able to back out your machinery, or will you need open access on both sides?
When in doubt, it’s a good idea to maximise your access points to ensure your building is as functional as possible.
Good builders & installers
Good, reliable workers are important to the success of your project. Try to find someone who has worked with them in the past, or look for testimonials on the company’s website.
Look for a company that engineers, installs and fabricates their buildings. The more control they have over the process, the more reliable they will be.
The surest way to a damaged shed is by hiring the cheapest company. Lower priced options manage to be that way because they opt for lower quality materials and less thorough installation processes.
Buildings and sheds are investments in your farm and you deserve the best.
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