Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~
Using a bamboo stick to touch the horse is quite far from "disturbing"....
And people wonder why GP trainers don't allow auditors and why it's being discussed to run FEI level competitions with no spectators.... Why don't you try this novel idea called asking a question to the clinician instead of making an uneducated judgement and now spewing it on the internet.
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Someone using a bamboo stick on a horse could be disturbing - if they were using sufficient force to make it so - you have no idea how hard that trainer was using the cane so your response is based completely on assumption and IMO was unduly rude
There is nothing to be gained by hitting a horse on its front legs in piaffe training - please take a look at the video that ninamebo
has posted and it will explain to you clearly why you wouldn't do it - piaffe is a forward movement that concentrates all the impulsion and energy into a power ball and the only way to create that energy is from behind - interfering with the front legs will only detract from that.
Nothing should be going on behind the scenes or in any sort of competition that should make anyone concerned about allegations of abuse - it needs more airtime not less.
Your response does nothing to promote dressage as a sport that's currently doing its best to encourage the average rider to get involved in