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So I am a horse enthusiast and I like to read up on the news, and have been following a little bit that the Romney's horse qualified for the Olympics in London. I don't have a ton of horse experience, especially not in dressage so I thought I'd look up what a top level dressage exhibition looks like. I also love the PRE Spanish horses (Pura Raza Espanola AKA Andalusian) and I came across a PRE in the 2010 World Horse Show in Kentucky. The horse's name is Fuego and I can see why! What a stunning stallion! It is my life's dream to own one. Apparantly part of the rider's jubilation is that it's been very difficult for the spanish horses to be accepted at the top level against the warmbloods, but I don't see why, especially with all the history behind them. Enjoy.



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It's never been a matter of them being accepted. They did't have the conformation for some of the upper level movements, until a few breeders started selecting specifically the same conformation the warmblood registries have been selecting for decades. Of course they were good for the Spanish School stuff, but usually had to be crossed with other warmbloods to get the whole package for Grand Prix level Dressage. There used to be no such thing as some of these PRE horses now, with just Spanish breeding.

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Very interesting. Does this have to do with the fact that they have a lot of roundness and not as much extension and reach as the warmbloods? Again, amateur talking but I do know their bodies, at least the baroque variety are very round and known for "collection".
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Yes, the old school Spanish horses had straight shoulders, and couldn't do the big extensions with the front end. Very well built for collection, but not the whole GP package.
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Here is the winning horse Totilas exhibition. To me he looks like his legs are made of pogo sticks. Is he bred to move like this and/or does this have to do with training?


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I didn't watch the video, but at the upper level there is no training beyond what the horse is capable of. The breeding has to be there to get to the upper levels. Any horse can do the first few levels, but there is no getting around the conformation, not only to do Grand Prix, but to be able to hold up during the years of training required.
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Fascinating, beautiful, and fun to watch! But, I wonder how these horses would do for pure enjoyment of riding a trail in the mountains...? Probably wouldn't handle it?

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Yes, most live in stalls. We have one who is capable, but he lives out with the herd, and does fine on trails. He doesn't compete.

Last night, when I was out in the pasture throwing hay out, there was a scuffle behind be, and I was a little trapped between the wheelbarrow and a hay ring. I was getting ready to turn around and grab onto the underneath of the horse's neck coming up behind me. This was in the dark. The first horse to me was Rasch. He got shoved up against me ever so slightly, but wasn't about to let the other horses make him run over me. They all realized their mistake and settled down immediately, but it's an experience I'll remember. I was very pleased and impressed with Rasch's reaction. He's a great horse in more ways than conformation. He's 16.2 and 1200 lbs. of pure muscle and would live in the house with us if we'd let him.
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Very cool. Horse's are so intelligent and also mischievous if given the chance. I once was about to lead out a pony from her stall but she "pinned" me against the stall wall, and I am petite. Thankfully I didn't panic and was able to give her a big shove and that solved it. Also, a different pony inflated himself when I was tacking him up (to make his girth bigger than normal). When I put my weight on the stirrup I fell like a rock to the ground! I figured it out and made sure to walk him around after tacking and then tightening the cinch again.

The horses at the highest levels of sport must be very fit and extremely well taken care of. Just a few weeks ago a grey arabian stallion (valued at 150k+) was doing a photo shoot (or something, can't remember) on the beach, but he spooked and went into the ocean. He was out at sea swimming for 3 hours with his tail wrapped around one hind leg before being caught and they said he survived because he was an athlete and did endurance racing.
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... He's 16.2 and 1200 lbs. of pure muscle and would live in the house with us if we'd let him.

Is he the big boy we met and the Twins got to ride?

He was absolutely gorgeous and gentle, they all were.

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