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    11-09-2011, 11:15 AM
No.. dressage is not abuse. It's a lot of hard work from a talented horse and a rider who is leading in the dance.

If anything, dressage is a very beneficial foundation.
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    11-09-2011, 11:15 AM
I'm sure everything we do to and for horses is abusive in some capacity, if you ask the right (wrong?) people. In the past, I've been told I'm cruel for trimming my horse's hooves and pulling her mane because it 'hurts' her.
    11-09-2011, 11:18 AM
There are problems of poor training in every discipline. This is not accurate as far as I know (more of a gaited horse thing as others have said, and rare even then). Still, it is important to develop your ideas of what you believe are correct or incorrect methods of developing your horse into the discipline of your choice.

Most people are concerned with rolkur when it comes to mistreatment of dressage horses.
    11-09-2011, 11:22 AM
LOL Courtney that made me chuckle... but you'd get more complaints if your horse had aladin shoes from not trimming o.0

I agree, I honestly do.. but I thought.. woah, what if they do? Best ask around before I pass judgement!!

Dressage is intense, but so is showjumping, and other disciplines (I have no idea about western!)

But to be fair, no amount of training, abuse, harsh bits, chains, spurs and what not will make a horse do something if they didn't truly want to do it.. I mean.. have you seen the size of these cute ickle ponies?? Let alone horses, especially at this level.

Most embarrassing. My Duffster, a 6yo, 18.1hh WB.. no problems.. I get dragged by a 124cm 21yo welshie. And I mean dragged.

So for anyone who wishes to say things like dressage are abusive, please think before you speak, you might just set me off on a rant!
    11-09-2011, 11:30 AM
My question is how do you teach a horse that?
I taught my horse the Spanish walk. Would it be similar to this? Do you start on the ground first?
    11-09-2011, 11:32 AM
Originally Posted by Courtney    
I'm sure everything we do to and for horses is abusive in some capacity, if you ask the right (wrong?) people. In the past, I've been told I'm cruel for trimming my horse's hooves and pulling her mane because it 'hurts' her.
LMAO! Don't forget dentist and shots!
    11-09-2011, 11:33 AM
OMG>........I have no words.........well, actually I do but they're all insulting and would not win your case with the moron who told her that.
    11-09-2011, 11:42 AM
Kitten_val that made me chuckle hahaha!!

At the end of the day, sports horses are sports horses, carriage horses are carriage horses, happy hackers are happy hackers, field ornaments.. don't get me started ;D

They're bred from the finest to the finest for the best of what they do, and develp it... that's why they cost so much!!

Ahhh, I'm glad I have you guys to help me keep grounded!! GROUP HUG!
    11-09-2011, 11:52 AM
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    11-09-2011, 11:54 AM
Haha I can see that one.. and that is CUTE. Well.. as cute as ginger cats can be hahah!

I'll have to get a picture of my three huge dogs when they're all cuddled up on MY bed altogether to show you ;D

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