Originally Posted by equitate
Those vids which showed huge over reactions, or talking about 'cracking' the legs are likely not what was done. And neither is the clicker trained piaffe necessarily correct. There are many ways to have a horse bounce on the spot but not be light/balanced/in self carriage/etc. There ARE artists with tact and timing to 'enflame' reactions w/o abuse.
THIS. I did not watch the videos but I can imagine the crudeness.
Jaydee, it's a shame you are quick to write off training aids with no experience. This is why dressage is viewed as inaccessible. I hope you get a chance to truly work with a modern day master if even for a day and I hope you have the sense to open your mind and learn. I'm lucky enough to have been exposed to these things prior to becoming jaded by epona.tv and other media outlets, pre internet. But I guess everyone cannot have such an open minded experience from the beginning...
ETA any horse can give a half step within 2 years of being undersaddle (given correct training). How can one expect to build muscle that is not used and many horses respond quite wonderfully to a little tap here and there to engage the correct muscles. Posted via Mobile Device