Why would You buy an unsuitable Dressage Horse


The Career of a serious Dressage Rider, probably only allows enough time for less than 10 Horses…..how many Years have You got to waste????

I see it at every competition and at those competitions, over 50% of all Horses….are unsuitable!!



Did You know?…….


That over 70% of Jumping and Equestrian Horses have Stomach Ulcers during periods of training and competition

2 out of 3 Endurance Horses have Ulcers immediately after competition
Over 58% of competitive Horses have Ulcers after 3 Days of Travel and competition

90% of Racehorses have Ulcers

SUITABLE FOR THE USE (English Disciplines)

It is a fact that the vast majority of Horses within Australia are not built suitable for the use that they are ridden and this is the main cause of so much pain in Horses. Australians have always and still do, look at Temperament Movement, the flick of the front Legs and how pretty the Head is when they buy a Horse. THEY DO NOT LOOK AT CONFORMATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! …and therein lies 50% of the problem.

The other 50% is caused by the rampant and out of control Feral Breeding of Horses in this Country. They Breed from anything, by anything and if a Mare acts up, it is “Put her in Foal” when clearly they should be just retired, never to be able to Breed. There are no breeding rules or Laws in Australia and so unlike Europe, the majority of Horses Bred in this Country DO NOT SUIT THE ENGLISH DISCIPLINES!!!

It is no accident therefore, that the Dutch and Germans win the Medals in Dressage at the Olympics. Very smart People.. They must have known and went and bred purpose built Horses for Dressage, one’s that could actually do the movements without pain.



I can tell you that if a proper Scientifically based Study was conducted into the ability or not of Horses to be able to even do the ‘English Disciplines“, it would be shown that most can’t….or….

That they only could if the amount of collection equaled the ability of the Horse to produce.

It could be worked out Mathematically and with pure Engineering principles. Conformation v Collection equals comfort to be able to do it. We see it every Day now and we saw it yesterday with another terrorized Horse.

Thankfully, that is why the Quarter Horses go around with Low Necks for they CANNOT COLLECT!!!! Thankfully, but accidentally, the Hacks go around “Hollow” for if they were asked “Over the Back”, most would break down due to the Fence Post back Legs that are Bred in Riding Ponies.



During this time and via these Horses, we have been able to considerably add to the list of communicatory indicators that Horses always exhibit and it would be wonderful if the Australian Horse Public could remember some of these and to dispel the myth that Horses are ‘naughty or being a problem”
There are no Problem Horses, only Problem People and of 1,000 Buck Jumpers that I have met, 999 did not want to Buck. (Two this Week) So here are some classic indicators for you. They all do all of these or some:


    • They attempt to Tell Riders that they don’t want to go to the Arena
    • They Jig Jog upon arrival at the arena.
    • Their Respiration Rate increases
    • Rushing or running in one or more Paces, depending upon the injury type.
      The Vast majority of Horses with rear end Veterinary Problems NEVER SHOW LAMENESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    • Coming behind the Leg and especially just prior to the Canter aid
    • They absolutely hate having a Head Set and will go down to please and come back up for relief. 100% of all Horses that fear a HEAD SET have been unsound.
    • They are almost always ‘Crooked’ and that crookedness tells us which side the Problem is.
    • Straighten them and they can become frantic.
    • Being put “Over the Back” and “truly round” makes them more unsound fast.
    • They almost always do not have a rhythm.
    • They often have irregular muscle development.
    • They are often degenerated in the hind end and have way large front end and weak back ends.
    • They pull themselves along by the front legs at the Canter
    • They want to go ‘hollow’ and ‘above the Bit’
    • They often have shorter front Legs than the back
    • They are often ‘Rump High’
    • They are often ‘straight behind’ (Legs)
    • Their Neck is often set on their Body incorrectly.
    • There Rump often falls away downhill
    • They do not like sitting trot
      They all go through a check list of evasions and add new one’s when Mrs. HP rides and negates each.
    • They threaten to rear when most other evasions fail
    • They want to run away if the pressure keeps coming
    • They sweat more than they should. PAIN CAUSES SWEAT!!!!!!!!!!
      and much more…………………………


  • AND THEY GET ULCERS. We have found that Pain caused Ulcers, not the other way around. Ulcers are a sign of unsoundness!!
    Their Teeth are often appalling.
    Here then is today’s effort. Again, Vet checked and Chiro checked. Mrs. HP’s correct work brought fluid to the surface and exposed the true injury.


img1C over 70% of Dressage Horses have Ulcers


So, in essence:

” The ability to collect, engage, be round and engage, is completely dependent upon the conformation of the Horse and directly as well as mathematically able to be graphed dependently upon some of the indicators that I have listed above”


Here is another for you to chew on…..

The majority of Horses are NOT suitable for the “English Disciplines”

I could go on but I won’t bore you. Just remember, that you must “listen to your Horses”, you must lead your Vet by the Hand, you must be ever mindful that there are no “Naughty Horses” but just Human afflicted Horses and that whenever there is trouble, we should get off the Horse, go inside and look in the Mirror.

I wonder if the many Dressage Judges who continually write “Not over the back or no engagement shown” have ever wondered about these things????. I can bet that it has never been mentioned in Judges Clinics because this subject has never been spoken about before and is definitely not in any Curriculum.



It has become obvious to us that the conformation dictates soundness for the ‘English Disciplines’ Many things go towards a negative outcome  but the RUMP is a major one. Horses with Rumps like this



versus this




and that the driving muscles that are connected to the Legs have difficulty in traveling over the Rump via the Sacroiliac. This causes pain (hence the reticence to give a ‘head set’ ) and forms the Bump they obviously call the ‘Hunters Bump’, which is caused by pain, inflammation and fluid loss over time. 







This is a massive subject which amazingly has never been really tackled before but I feel I need to warn you about some of the things that I have found. This e-book covers:

    • Conformation
    • Breeding
    • Bit History and fashion
    • Veterinary
    • Rehabilitation
    • Listening to our Horses
    • Rider induced Veterinary Problems
    • Equipment induced Veterinary Problems
    • Dressage – correct and incorrect and the affect upon Veterinary symptoms
    • Running Reins Rehabilitation systems (in full e-book that comes with DVD – 130 Pages)


and much more




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