Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
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I have a couple of pet peeves BOTH of which have become the "norm" with the new training techniques. The polls are showing a significant and consistent lowering as the horse breaks well behind. It is RARE in todays ring that you see a horse with the pol as the highest part of the neck, which has always been considered CORRECT! I blame that on poor use of LDR and rollkur.
I also rarely see a horse who does not dive, defensively, behind the vertical. When I was showing FEI that was a huge fault that you would see affecting your scores. Now, it is the norm. I blame that of incorrect use of LDR and Rollkur.
I stretch horses when I school. I NEVER (I will say it again) NEVER pull the horse behind the vertical. I will ride the horse forward into the vertical. Anyone who does this otherwise is taking shortcuts. These shortcuts have, unfortunately, redefined what we accept as "normal". This is one of the reasons I decided to turn my back on competitive dressage. It became all about the rider and "glory" and much less about the horse and correctness.
Heck, I even remember when a shoulder-in was considered INCORRECT if it was traveling on four tracks instead of three. I lost a 4th level championship because my horse overdid the shoulder-in and went onto four tracks. Now, four tracks is accepted and you rarely see a correct shoulder-in. Sad.