I stopped counting the number of negative threads I have read about dressage over the past year. I do lots of surfing at work, so we are talking many different forums. Anyway, I had almost lost my interest in dressage after seeing story after story about controversial training methods, horses being ridden drugged since they were dead lame or sore, harsh bits, bad hands, lots of stiff front to back riding with horses so heavy on their forehands the ground would shake beneath them.
Last week, an old riding friend brought her PSG warmblood to our barn to board. I got to watch her ride him yesterday. It was absolutely beautiful. He floated at the trot, had a beautiful spring to his canter, effortless flying changes, half passes to drool over, and not once was she in his face or loud in her aids. This horse was moving in his true gaits which was so refreshing to see. He has renewed my interest in dressage and given me hope that there are indeed very good high level instructors and riders out there. Hopefully the tide will turn completely back toward the type of riding I witnessed yesterday.