this is a good post, it really interests me because i have heard great dressage trainers (some classical, some none classical) talk about collection, some say that suspension should only ever be seen in extensions...and i have heard some say that suspension is needed, i respect all of these trainers and it has confused me for a while, i personally dont really have my own opinion on it because i am not up to the level where the horse should be truly collected to its max. but from my un-educated eye, i think to much suspension is ugly, but it is beautiful to have the right amount, then that brings me back to what dressage is. Dressage was (not really anymore cuz we dont use usually horses in war as much) originally training a horse for war. How useful would suspension be in war? then again, the sport has changed a great deal since then... AND again, at the high school of dressage those horses dont have too too much suspension.but the grand prix horses at the olymipics do, jsut look at Totalis. haha this has really left me wondering. :) thnx for posting this thread
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