Beauty, intelligence, trainability. These are just a few of the qualities that are attracting the members of the knighthood to the academic horses. Any horse can be suitable for an academic rider. Traditional horses are the Frederiksborger, Knabstrupper, Kladruber, Lippizaner, PRE, Lusitano, Frisian and other breeds.
There are horse breeds that are more suited or bred for the high school work and other horse breeds that are more suited for other purposes. We can wspecially see the difference between the horses that are more able to carry the weight from behind and horses that are more able to push from behind. For example when the push is going downwards to lift the body, it is a very different push than the push that is going backwards to put power into the harness for pulling a coach. So a good horse for the high school work is a horse good in collection, carrying the weight on his hind legs.
The baroque horse is a very elegant horse with a lot of ability to develop muscles.
In the old sculptures or pictures you will see 12 year old stallions with a full education; they look quite heavy because they have developed a lot of muscles through training. But when they were youngsters they were quite slim and light.
The renaissance horse was a bit heavier in its natural build. These days we can see the renaissance type in the Swedish cold blood trotter, the Welsh cob and even a bit in the Frisian horse.