Thank you Sannois. I think he has got what it takes. Funny - before this winter (ie last few months) he has never been like a TB - my 10 year old foster son could ride him, fast work etc but this winter he's got really up himself and now I wouldn't let kids near him - but his dressage has got better and better!
Well my "little" welsh cob who has already qualified at 1st level for the regional championships managed to qualify for 2nd level as well after the show this past weekend. He won the class with his qualifying test and went on to earn another Dover medal in his next class. There is an "OK" picture of him in my profile - it's kind of an awkward moment 'cause it's in 2nd level test four just as I'm going from shoulder in to renvers but I liked how it shows his concentration. He's a real trooper.
I've enjoyed everyone's pics of their lovely beasts immensely.
I had a background in WBs from when I lived in Germany, but became smitten with Icelandics when flying back and forth on Iceland Air (always the cheapest). So although I ride others' horses (Dutch, Hanoverians, and a few lovely Irish Sport--erm...*Bog* --Horses), my personal dressage mount is a 13.3ish Icelandic.
I'm 5'9", but he takes up my leg and sure doesn't feel 13.3. I love the looks we get when tacking up, but I love the dropped jaws when folks see him move--especially his ginormous trot--even more.
I can't find any pics on this machine, but will post if I can unearth some.
Perhaps we need a thread (or a clique) for gaited dressage horses?
Here is a picture of my horse. He was just started under saddle last month and he is doing so well that I started to think he might be a good partner for me (I had my doubts as he is all sports car...if you know what I mean...lots of go, go, go). He is out of a beautiful and sweet arab mare and the TB stallion Deputed Duke. If you look through the webshots there is one of his dam and Deputed Duke Darrin
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Ah, another excellent thread from Aunt Esther!
It reminds me of Julie, a friend of mine who took her Paint mare to a dressage clinic with many DQs in attendance. Julie's mare is a lovely chestnut with sabino markings. One of the DQs asked Julie "what" her mare was and Julie replied proudly, "She's a Paint." The DQ then pressed on to ask if her mare was by (unpronounceable German stallion name here) and Julie said, "No, Sonny's Top Gun." The DQ's eyes widened and she said, "Oh, so she's a REAL Paint." Apparently, the DQ didn't speak to Julie the rest of the week...
Of course, Julie is the same gal who happened to overhear one of the DQs at her barn exclaiming that she "couldn't believe" Julie had purchased a red halter for her mare, as "everyone knows" that "you just can't put red on a chestnut!" Julie then proceeded to purchase as many items of red tack as she could find (sport medicine boots, saddle pad, etc.) and wear them all at once while schooling. I thought it ironic that the fashionista who made the comment favored purple herself...