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.
Things You Should Know Before Starting an Equestrian Business
Starting your own business is a big financial and personal commitment that can go either very well or very badly. Some will succeed and some will fail, often the difference between these two groups is those who get it right from the start and those who don’t. There are a few things you must know and take into account when you start your own equestrian business, which we will explain below.
Know your market
Literally the first thing you should do before starting a business in the equestrian industry is to know your market well. Before you invest in any land and set up a business plan make sure you know who you are targeting and what they want from your business. If you can read the target market well, this will give you an edge on competitors.
Know what will make your equine business successful
From a glance having a business in the equestrian industry it seems easy to make a profit, going from the high prices that are accepted for services and products. However you may be forgetting that horses are expensive animals to keep and house. Therefore it is imperative that you realize your costs compared to your profits and plan your business accordingly. Being smart with your accounts from the start is very important to be successful.
How to structure an equestrian business
A main thing to keep in mind when starting an equine business is that it can be a liability in legal sense. People can sue you easily. To protect yourself from liability you must do two things; pick a business structure that will allow the most protection for your needs and get insurance. Make sure your insurance will cover what you need it to cover, even if it might cost a little more at the time it could save your business down the track.
A business plan is very important in ensuring your horse business will be a success. It sets out what you want to be as a business and what you are wishing to achieve. Make sure your business plan is comprehensive and goes over long term and short term goals as well as financials.
Horse contracts and agreements
Horse businesses rely on contracts and agreements for almost everything that is involved in the industry. Make sure your contracts state your terms clearly and think carefully about how to word the fine print so as to not get caught later on.
Good luck with your starting your own equestrian business, we hope our advice assists your in succeeding. If you are interested in constructing any equestrian buildings Central Steel Build would love to help you with your project.