Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Germany- but not German =D
Chevaux, they have stopped using them!
Reading through this, I can see who have trained their horses to do piaffe & passage, and the people who haven't.
I haven't. I have barely had the chance to ride them. However I have been fortunate enough to see the training.
As with anything, its not what you use, it is how you use it. Same with bits and hands.
I use a dressage whip on my horse's butt to keep tempo (or a good crack depending which ass I was riding at the time!) and it isn't always something you can just ride from seat and legs. Why make the horse's job harder, when you can show them the tempo they should follow with a long whip or a bamboo cane?
OP, maybe when you want more information, phrase it in such a way that you want to educate yourself, not tie everyone with the same brush. There are many ways to skin a cat, and not everyone works the same way, but I tend to want to listen to people who have hands on experience and have taught this. Youtube videos show you want the rider/trainer wants you to see, not what goes on before or after.