Originally Posted by mom2pride
I have to agree with you; this was a test that I actually enjoyed watching. I'm just not seeing what everyone else is seeing...the horse wasn't behind the vertical, he appeared to enjoy the job, rider was relaxed and quiet with his seat, legs, and hands.
So, to the OP, yes, I think he deserved a good score, which he obviously got.
Yep the rider is lovely and relaxed. But the horse? If you tell me that that horse is relaxed, engaged and THROUGH I might vomit.... or tell you to learn a bit about dressage. If that is relaxation, throughness and engagement... I'd HATE to see what a tense horse looked like
But you enjoyed it, just like the multitudes of uneducated spectators who want big and flashy, which is why modern dressage is now turning into a spectator sport, rather than trying to remain traditional and true to the principals of dressage. We ride dressage to have a horse that is soft and relaxed in his work, is happy to perform and is a joy to ride. Modern dressage has created hot horses, that are tense, spectacular, behind the vertical that move with all legs and no back.
Unfortunately this is the way dressage is heading, sad but true. But if the FEI wants dressage to become a spectator sport, there's not a hell of a lot anyone can do about it because general public bring more money into the sport. After all, it's the money that decides.