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    My second foal of the year has arrived. This one...

    My second foal of the year has arrived. This one is by the olympic gold medallist Uthopia from one of Germany's best mare lines. It has produced 17 graded stallions including Flammengold, sire of GP...
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    Thankyou for your good wishes.

    Thankyou for your good wishes.
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    Well, the congratulations are overwhelming!

    Well, the congratulations are overwhelming!
  4. Sounds like junk science to me. An on line...

    Sounds like junk science to me. An on line questionnaire? Where's the control? Where's the double or even single blind? Very poor study design which IMO renders the result so biased as to be junk.
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    My first foal of the year has arrived and I think...

    My first foal of the year has arrived and I think she's already showing signs of living up to her parents who are a 3*** stallion and a 4**** and Olympic horse producing dam line. I've never seen a 1...
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    First new arrival of the year

    My first foal of the year has arrived and it's a filly. :) She's bred to event at the top levels and is the "old fashioned mix" of 3/4 blood (TB and racing Arab) with a splash of Irish.

    She's by...
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    All the good GP dressage horses I have ever seen...

    All the good GP dressage horses I have ever seen have had incredibly strong loins. They may be very different in other parts of their anatomy but they are all the same behind the saddle. IMHO it's...
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    I'd also say that a good brain and a sound body...

    I'd also say that a good brain and a sound body are way more important than famous bloodlines. My first dressage horse was (is, she's still alive well and sound, living the life of Riley as a retired...
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    I've got one that ticks all your boxes, including...

    I've got one that ticks all your boxes, including price, but he might not make 17hh. More likely 16:2. Oh and he's the wrong side of the Atlantic.

    Just in case that hasn't put you off here's his...
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    I agree completely that the movements that...

    I agree completely that the movements that separate the men from the boys, the big tour horses from the small tour horses, do need the horse to have aptitude. My current riding horse is by a stallion...
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    What I find interesting is how many of the...

    What I find interesting is how many of the dynasties are founded by a jumping stallion. All of these have either jumped 1m40+ themselves or sired international jumpers:

    Akzent II
    Cocktail...
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    Some dynasties: Akzent II/ Alabaster/ Jaybee...

    Some dynasties:

    Akzent II/ Alabaster/ Jaybee Alabaster
    Bolero/ Beltain/ Bellissimo
    Cocktail/Jazz/Johnson
    Donnerhall/De Niro/Desperados
    Kostolany/ Gribaldi/ Totilas
    Caprimond/ Hohenstein/...
  13. Agree with this 100%. The angle between scapula...

    Agree with this 100%. The angle between scapula and humerus being at least 90 degrees and ideally more (a very open shoulder angle) allied to a long humerus are proven to be associated with a big...
  14. How about this one? He's 4 in the photo. ...

    How about this one? He's 4 in the photo.

    http://www.eurodressage.com/equestrian/2014/01/11/six-stallions-begin-2014-danish-warmblood-winter-stallion-performance-testing
  15. I think that breeders/buyers are focussing too...

    I think that breeders/buyers are focussing too much on this. But they aren't focussing on the reality of the conformation of the top horses. They are focussing on the fairy tale that is being sold to...
  16. And finally here's the style of conformation...

    And finally here's the style of conformation photo that we are now all so used to seeing. Uphill sloping ground, back legs slightly splayed to enhance the appearance of being uphill. This is Damon...
  17. And here's Totilas who, if he was stood up...

    And here's Totilas who, if he was stood up square, would probably have higher stifles than elbows too.

    http://www.superiorequinesires.com/stallions/totilas.shtml
  18. And here's Uthopia. As Carl says he's got short...

    And here's Uthopia. As Carl says he's got short front legs.

    http://www.boblangrish.com/galleriesimage.php?id=21498
  19. Dressagelvr you made me think. So I've done a...

    Dressagelvr you made me think. So I've done a search for a conformation photo of Valegro and found one. He's got lovely conformation but his stifles are definitely 3-4" higher than his elbows.

    I...
  20. This is exactly what the video explains is not...

    This is exactly what the video explains is not true. Charlotte's horse has elbows several inches lower than his stifles. This is the conformation that the KWPN study has shown to be associated with...
  21. Perhaps counterintuitively this this isn't the...

    Perhaps counterintuitively this this isn't the case. A short humerus leads to limitation in the range of motion of the front leg. What you want is a long humerus and a shoulder angle of greater than...
  22. COTH seems to hate my iPad so had to post the...

    COTH seems to hate my iPad so had to post the link without any comments.

    I'll preface this by saying I think Carl Hester is wonderful. He has been there, done it, got the t-shirt and says the...
  23. Short front legs are associated with top dressage performance.

    http://www.topdressage.tv/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=190&t=7777
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    I'm going to jump in here as this is just so far...

    I'm going to jump in here as this is just so far away from my experience of riding and training piaffe/ passage. I don't claim to be any superstar rider but I have trained 3 horses to piaffe and one...
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    I haven't used Kostolany but I have used his son...

    I haven't used Kostolany but I have used his son Silvermoon, both chilled and frozen. The semen is excellent, so far 3 foals from 3 tries.
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