Universal breeding goal for high steppers
The ADHHA breeding goal is like an umbrella that covers all horses and people that can contribute to the high stepping show horse with universal appeal & star quality.
Show horse breeds all over the world
The Dutch Harness Horse, Saddlebred, Hackney and Morgan, for example, all have similar characteristics of the high stepping show horse. The difference is the road followed to achieve the ultimate goal of the high stepper with universal appeal.
ADHHA believes that breeders should have the freedom to breed towards their own ideal.
That's why ADHHA chooses guidelines and a breeding goal that are comprehensive, inclusive and simple to understand.
ADHHA offers room for creativity
ADHHA pyramids provide guidelines to help identify the many simple steps it takes to achieve the ultimate goal.
A role of the American Dutch Harness Horse Association exists to:
Everyone can recognize the high stepper by its powerful & dignified trot with its striking frontleg that goes above the horizontal.
The importance of conformation, motion and heart
The three pyramids show some basic steps that can be used to create the ultimate show horse that has universal appeal. Even though the breeding is the foundation, without proper horse husbandry the ultimate goal can not be achieved.
It is the breeders choice as to where they feel their horse should be improved upon and each part of every pyramid should be considered.
The universal excitement begins when all or most of the ingredients in the pyramids are fullfilled. Universal quality and appeal is the ultimate goal.
The breeding goal forms a base for the training pyramid. When everything comes together you need no explanations or reasons, you just sit back and enjoy being snared by the high stepper.
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