Originally Posted by franknbeans
I realize that Anebel and you think we all pick on the dressage folks, but just listen to yourselves please. You make it sound like yours are the ONLY hot reactive horses out there,(or for use the MOST, since they cannot be second at anything) and that your shows are the most expensive on the planet, as well as that your discipline is "precise"---like the rest of ours aren't-just in a different way? You are the ones sounding elitist. There is no need for any of us to contribute to that. I for one would strongly disagree that your discipline is the only "precise" and expensive one out there. Sorry, but I really find this whole attitude the reason I have the impression that dressage folk are a bit snobbish. And I am trying to be as nice as possible…..again-you all are saying these things….I am simply reading them.
You are interpreting them that way. WHERE in this post is it said that no other discipline requires precision?? Where is it said that no other discipline is expensive? Or no other horses are hot or reactive?
The answer is NEVER.
The point is that YOU are the one reading these things into the post. The post says - hot young green warmbloods are reactive in a new environment and where there is lots of $ on the line and potential for danger, it is not excessive to ask someone to move a spooky object.
The exact same thing can happen anywhere, with any sport. The difference is people think being 5m away from a dressage fence is OK - would any barrel race put spectators 5m away from a barrel with no fence between them and the barrel? A jumping competition have parking 5m away from a big jump with only an 8" high white fence between the horses and the cars? Etc..
Call us snobby all you would like - truth is we're all on hot horses (some horses a bit hotter and more prone to flying through the air than others) in sports that are difficult and all the judgement between the disciplines is just tiresome. I have NEVER said reining, barrels, etc.. are not difficult. Don't know why these words keep getting shoved in my mouth??