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.
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Indoor Arena Ideas and Budgets
Indoor riding arenas can range from small to large, depending entirely on what you are wishing to build. All our sheds are custom as we work around you and your needs to transform your dream construction into a reality. Below are some ideas according to a range of budgets of past riding arena jobs to give you an idea of what your arena could look like.
Small to medium indoor arenas
Smaller Indoor arenas cover anything up to a 30m x 21m arena. A project of this scope is guaranteed to include a roof cover and your specified size of riding arena. The cost range of this jobs extend from $10,000 to $50,000. These images below show different designs of smaller indoor arenas we have built in the past.
Medium indoor arenas
Medium sized Indoor arenas cover constructions up to 60m x 21m. These projects are usually large enough to cover a full-sized riding arena. The cost range of these indoors’ is $50,000 to $100,000. Below we show you a series of past projects that fit into this category.
Large indoor arenas
These projects are mostly combined indoor arenas and stables complexes. Such constructions can include clients such as higher end private-use arenas to industrial and public arenas. The budget for this range averages from $100,000 to $400,000.
Boneo Park and Tapcorp Park have both used us for the construction of an industrial indoor arena as shown below.
This project illustrates a private indoor arena within the larger range.