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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/...
  7. 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...
  8. 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
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
  16. 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...
  17. 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.
  20. I think you need to find a photo of quaterback...

    I think you need to find a photo of quaterback taken from the front to see the differences. He is one who has not trained on.
  21. This one is a trakehner in his first year at GP....

    This one is a trakehner in his first year at GP. He's my idea of a refined stallion in that he has a gorgeous head and elegant conformation but still with enough strength and substance to do the...
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    Such a shame. I remember seeing Caprimond at the...

    Such a shame. I remember seeing Caprimond at the 2010 trakehner grading gala night with his son Hohenstein, his son Muenchhausen and his young son Tiviano. Caprimond was 25 at the time. His great...
  23. Here's a video of Duval's Capri Sonne age 5 at...

    Here's a video of Duval's Capri Sonne age 5 at the Pavo cup last year. He is the sort of stallion I'd like to breed with. Sadly I can't find out where he stands or even if he is standing right now....
  24. There is such a disconnect between the stallions...

    There is such a disconnect between the stallions being licenced, the young horse class winners and the horses that are actually making it to the top of the sport. Recently I've only seen one young...
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    Youre thinking of Axis, a beautiful black...

    Youre thinking of Axis, a beautiful black trakehner stallion by Sixtus who competes at international GP. I saw him this year at Olympia and he is stunning. I've tried to use him several times in the...
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