"This is all about that my horse is relaxed and supple
...Ironically, a bird flew into my window right after she said that. Bonk! So many things are backwards with the way she explains it. The things she has done to Nelson and her other horses is anything but "softening and good for them". That horse just looks like a big ball of tension, anger, and learned submission
. I see no partnership
, I just see a pained horse
and a very ignorant and deaf rider
And the one handed tempis were fail, too. I laughed. "I don't need my hands for this, so I'll ride with one hand!"
Yes, but you're leaning like crazy on that one hand...
Her hands in general are just terrible. Absolutely no give.
I understand her idea of "don't do anything when you don't have to", because it's one of the basic principles of dressage
. As is variation in everything. So is relaxation
, which her horses are not
. The way she justifies and uses hyperflexion is so wrong. A short-lived stretch at the walk and halt? Yes, maybe even I would. A full-body workout, at all the gaits and for more than a few strides? No
With LDR (which is not
the same thing), it at least makes some semblance of sense to ride in at all the gaits for a few minutes at a time. But not hyperflexion. Hyperflexion is just blatant abuse.
The slide at the beginning that says that our arguments against "the modern way of training" (my ASS) are "very weak and evidence is lacking" is absolutely absurd! Yes, there must be growth and change in dressage, and the classical ways are not the only way, but hyperflexion does not "improve the sports performance in dressage horses". Training, whether it is new or old, should always be for the happiness, relaxation, function, fitness, and health of the horse, not for the sake of winning, fast training, and a pretty front end.
The "final remarks" slide is so backwards, too. No, they shouldn't be treated like humans, but they shouldn't be thought of as a disposible object entirely for sporting/work uses either. Just because they cannot scream, cannot commit suicide, can't cry, or make choices for themselves, doesn't mean they can't feel pain and depression, or talk to us. They do. They try to communicate with us, and they do tell us what they are feeling. But so many people don't listen, and so many horses eventually give up protesting (forced and learned submission).
This interview I think was taken at the same event. It is Nelson in the video clips.
Not often does this happen, but I can honestly say that I hate eveything about
this woman, her trainer/husband, and their whole crew of blind followers. I hold absolutely no respect
for anybody who uses hyperflexion like this
I can praise riders like Isabelle Werth for being soft and giving even when she does train in LDR (she doesn't use hyperflexion), but this group... No feeling, no softness, just a big bag of everything I never want to be
. They also sadly happen to be the representations
of our sport.