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Totilas is the most amazing horse I have seen in dressage in 30 years

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  • Totilas is the most amazing horse I have seen in dressage in 30 years

    My goodness!!!!!!!!!!!!!! watching Totilas today was just amazing- he can piaffe/passage three feet off the ground, his changes are 10+ and then after the halt and last salute, when the whole stadium is going nuts, waving flags, on their feet screaming, he can walk on a loose rein - looking at the crowd, it looks like he is saying "hi y'all, so glad you like me, how about going around again? anyone got a treat? I really want to scratch my nose on something, anyone got a sleeve?"

    Then at the awards, when they remount for the victory lap- Ravel is going nuts, very explosive, Mistral has gone back to the barn (lost his cookies, so nervous he piaffed non-stop) Toto looks like he is out for a canter, light gallop around the park. He even transitions to walk at the podium again (after two rounds of the stadium) and walks flat footed on a totally loose rein out of the stadium, checking out the cheering/screaming crowd as he goes.

    utterly freaking amazing

  • #2
    He gives me goosebumps! Totally utterly amazing. The perfect horse.
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    • #3
      damn, I am sorry to have missed this!! My friend sent a message last night, she really enjoyed him as well!
      Humans don’t mind duress, in fact they thrive on it. What they mind is not feeling necessary. –Sebastian Junger

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      • #4
        Totalis

        I am waiting for all the Youtube videos...Truly an amazing pair.
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        • #5
          I was just telling another horse friend that if he were reincarnated as a human man, WOW, he'd be the sexiest man alive!!!

          And even better, he'd be one of those men that has no clue how hot he is, which makes him even hotter!

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          • #6
            to be fair

            Totilas is a passage/piaffe machine, those two things were very impressive. The rest of it, simply wasn't as good or true in gait and impulsion as the horse from Great Britain. Yes, "Toto" is good, but he wasn't perfect. He is ridden exquisitely well, and precisely, but if the test wasn't as heavy on passage/piaffe as it is, he probably wouldn't have been in the top three.

            Flame suit zipped, I'm "old" school and think and extended trot should be from behind, not all up in front.
            JMHO.

            I like Mistral far better.

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            • #7
              youtube link

              Here it the link to the performance at WEG

              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcmpEcuQ5TY
              Luistano Stallion standing for 2013: Wolverine UVF
              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IZPHDzgX3s

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              • #8
                Originally posted by 2ndyrgal View Post
                but if the test wasn't as heavy on passage/piaffe as it is, he probably wouldn't have been in the top three.

                .
                But it is. The End.

                I just watched his Special, very amazing horse, with good will in mind.
                ~~Member of the TB's Rule Clique ~~
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by WBLover View Post
                  I was just telling another horse friend that if he were reincarnated as a human man, WOW, he'd be the sexiest man alive!!!
                  I think anybody besides a horsewoman would shake their head at that (and laugh at us crazy horsewomen), but I have to absolutely agree!

                  He's g-o-r-g-e-o-u-s, athletic, effortless, the epitome of tall-dark-and-handsome, and the performances he puts in are absolute art. ***swoon***

                  ETA - I showed my non-horsey husband the video of Totilas' special, and he very seriously said, "Well, that looks like Echo!" Echo is my sweet little Arabian mare with whom I aspire to a very distant greatness. Thanks, hun, love the support… lol.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by 2ndyrgal View Post
                    Flame suit zipped, I'm "old" school and think the extended trot should be from behind, not all up in front.
                    And I agree. I was very proud of my DD, age 22, who wrote this to me after she watched the videos.

                    I think the horse is awesome... a lot of expression and power there... but where is the reach and lengthening from behind? He seems to be 70% up front, with the fancy shoulder and leg action. I know you can't expect the total package, I just don't see many people talking about his lack of reach (especially in the extended trot - he isn't even overstriding).
                    So now the breeding is going for exaggerated extravagance. And these are the same people who flame the Arabians and other now exotic looking breeds, and look where they themselves are headed.

                    I, too, am missing something here with the modern look and the training techniques.
                    Last edited by pony grandma; Sep. 30, 2010, 04:19 PM.
                    Don't let anyone tell you that your ideas or dreams are foolish. There is a millionaire walking around who invented the pool noodle.

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                    • #11
                      And this also an amazing part of Totilas

                      http://www.horse2rider.eu/Webnodes/e...eri+af+Totilas

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by pony grandma View Post
                        And I agree. I was very proud of my DD, age 22, who wrote this to me after she watched the videos.



                        So now the breeding is going for exaggerated extravagance. And these are the same people who flame the Arabians and other now exotic looking breeds, and look where they are headed.

                        I, too, am missing something here with the modern look and the training techniques.
                        He actually does have overtrack. I watched on slow-mo to see, because I keep hearing he doesn't and couldn't tell at regular screen on a small computer monitor. He doesn't have a LOT of overtrack, but he does have some. I believe the trot is also where he gets his lowest scores - sounds reasonable to me that if he has overtrack but not perfect overtrack, has great rhythm and regularity, it seems fair he gets high scores but not as high as his other movements. I'm saying this as a non-expert, though, who doesn't know the finer points of how judges are taught to score.


                        That said, he's just not my "thing." The transitions and temperament are FABULOUS, but looks-wise, he's not what I most enjoy watching. Do I fantasize about having a horse who is so obedient, calm, yet works so hard? Well, yeah, who doesn't?
                        Originally posted by Silverbridge
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by pony grandma View Post
                          So now the breeding is going for exaggerated extravagance. And these are the same people who flame the Arabians and other now exotic looking breeds, and look where they are headed.
                          Very well put.
                          Vancouver Equine
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by pony grandma View Post
                            So now the breeding is going for exaggerated extravagance. And these are the same people who flame the Arabians and other now exotic looking breeds, and look where they are headed.
                            What the hell is that supposed to mean? That all Arabians are crap now because some people breed them just for their looks?

                            Newsflash: that's been going on for a long, long time. And so far, there are still some nice Arabians around. I have several in my own backyard. One is quite exotic and has won "Most Classic" awards for his pretty face. He is also one hellaciously athletic horse and an absolute delight to ride. We do breed shows and *gasp* dressage.

                            About Totilas: If the ride had been perfect, it would have scored 100. IMO, the piaffe and passage are breathtaking. The extended trot, not so much. But I still think it was an awesome, incredible ride.

                            Please, please, please. Stop this hand-wringing, nitpicking "sky is falling" attitude about dressage. It's not the end of the world because ONE aspect of an otherwise brilliant test is not up to par for you. Gawd.
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                            the best day in ten years,
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                            • #15
                              I just watched his WEG round and WOW! He is truly captivating. You don't see a horse like all of the time; that who comes into the arena and captures you like that. His grace, strength, movement, impulsion....its all dead ON! I havn't seen a halt like that in a long time...WOW! Just to watch him gracefully sweep across the arena is something. The entire ride was soft, effortless, and full of grace. WHAT A HORSE!

                              He's 10 years old and like the announcers said; hes very much improved since last year. he's just going to keep getting better

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by 2ndyrgal View Post
                                Totilas is a passage/piaffe machine, those two things were very impressive. The rest of it, simply wasn't as good or true in gait and impulsion as the horse from Great Britain. Yes, "Toto" is good, but he wasn't perfect. He is ridden exquisitely well, and precisely, but if the test wasn't as heavy on passage/piaffe as it is, he probably wouldn't have been in the top three.

                                Flame suit zipped, I'm "old" school and think and extended trot should be from behind, not all up in front.
                                JMHO.

                                I like Mistral far better.
                                I feel the same way. I just can't warm up to the overall picture, even though the tests are extremely accurately ridden.

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                                • #17
                                  ha ha I have an arabian and what the hell does that have to do with Toto?


                                  Arabs arent running the sport. When they are.... Call me.
                                  ~~Member of the TB's Rule Clique ~~
                                  http://www.off-breed-dressage.blogspot.com/

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by akrogirl View Post
                                    I feel the same way. I just can't warm up to the overall picture, even though the tests are extremely accurately ridden.
                                    Admittedly, I do not follow dressage all that seriously, and can only muster up a passable second level test myself, but I find his movement really distracting. It looks almost unnatural, especially given how extravagant the front is and how average (to me) the back is.

                                    I guess I don't find it attractive. I think Laura B's horse, Alf, looks like a much more balanced horse and looks happy and comfortable doing the work, not like he is throwing his legs everywhere.

                                    But I am not winning, or breeding, so of course my opinion is not for much.
                                    Originally posted by PeanutButterPony
                                    you can shackle your pony to a lawn chair at the show...so long as its in a conservative color.

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                                    • #19
                                      I just love your description! Thank you for allowing me to be there with you !!!

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                                      • #20
                                        I'm so sorry - to the OP. I didn't mean to hijack your thread about your feelings for Totilas' showmanship. And everything that you said there was true. Your description was very pictural.

                                        In retrospect I should have started another thread. I was just responding to another poster's comment.

                                        I have the same right to an opinion as all of the Arab breeders who choose not to breed exotic do. It's just a statement of fact related back to breeding choices in the dressage world right now. I actually won a dressage suitability class on an Arab back in my day. I have nothing against 'a good horse.'

                                        It's the same thing as consumer shopping - it's a good thing that we all have different tastes.
                                        Don't let anyone tell you that your ideas or dreams are foolish. There is a millionaire walking around who invented the pool noodle.

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