08-19-2009, 05:14 PM
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I think it is a terrible thing to do to a horse. I bought a horse that had been trained with some rollkur (I didn't know what it was at the time when I got him, I feel stupid now). The first few months that I have had him we have been working on getting him to relax down onto the bit, because he is nervous about being on the bit. It can be frustrating sometimes how slowly he progresses but I am patient with him. He just turned 5 and is at training level dressage right now, I'm a first level rider. Last summer he showed with his rollkur training people and did training 1, got 53%. Well now I am doing training 1 in September partly to try to get a higher score to prove in a way that relaxing onto the bit is much, much better than having a horse that is forced onto the bit.
And also I am taking my horse to a Gerd Heuschmann clinic (the author of the Tug of War) tomorrow! Irony lol