Well now you have just exposed a little the faults of the past! Just because things are written down and honored more or less, does not mean that we cannot take the liberty to be objectively critical. Some HORRIFIC practices went on in the…"
"Alan, this is so the problem! Gorgeous huge moving horses but riders that are hopelessly lacking in the seat. I would think that the number one concern would be to spend the money on learning how to sit....yes, in a racing saddle with nothing to…"
"AH......now you are getting at something! I really think PART of the answer is to get rid of the upholstery in these newfangled saddles that force the leg to hang straight down. People do not use the thigh muscle properly to stabilize themselves. I…"
"I hear you loud and clear here, EvaZ. But there is a 3rd use for the curb. The mere touch/vibration on even a loose curb rein can have a positive reverberating effect all the way back to the hindquarters. I don't understand the physiology of…"
"OK, Eva, I am going to say that I do not understand such physiology. I only understand what my experience has shown me. The snaffle is an instrument with a head raising effect. The current trend is to ask horses to go into/onto/against the bit and…"
I am thinking how to answer other questions/points you brought up. I just had a look at this silverlining photo and think the picture is a gorgeous example of how an extended trot should look. Thank you for the link. So Allan is not the only…"
"I want to add one more thing here. Although there can be many reasons why a horse will hold its neck a certain way, we must not discount that horses are first individuals. Secondly, the atmosphere when Fuego entered the arena and performed in the…"
"Nicely put, Allan. And, also, nicely explained, Eva. I think you are preaching to the choir here about 'head set'. I am going to have to disagree with you though about the use of the curb as a "head setting device". It is only so…"
I'm not sure what you mean in your reply above! What is a sardine neck? I don't think anyone here is implying the kind of neck firmness you describe as a result of a 'threat'. Horses do use their muscular necks to lift…"
"Don't we hear a lot of talk about domination in riding? I don't understand this! The horse is our friend. Why do we need to dominate our friend? If it is about control, I find that when we give up control we then have more. The horse moves…"
How EXCITING!!!! Yes, the world is quaking, isn't it?! It is eager for the truth, eager to see real dressage once again. I feel so bad that warmbloods are not so well understood as they should be. They have real physical problems from…"
"Everyone on this discussion board obviously has some intelligent understanding of what real classical dressage should look like! BRAVO BRAVO!!!! Nice to support the Spanish Team who DESERVE IT.....but EVEN NICER that the team produced a horse like…"
Not only does the world know Fuego XII now, the world knows that the judges really fouled up by not putting Diaz on the podium after the freestyle. That crowd told us who the gold medal really belonged to! What a horse and what clever…"
Cognitive, Bottom Up Dressage with Mike Schaffer"The cognitive, bottom up process of training a dressage horse begins with"first tier basics". They are: Go, Stop, Turn In, Move Out, and Soften. Although these concepts are hidden deep within the language, they are at the core of everything in dressage. We build from these to create all of the figures, movements and qualities we want in our horses."Mike Schaffer, from Riding in the MomentSee More