Originally Posted by disastercupcake View Post
Well I did a basic search, found a bunch of horses doing training level really well (which we do), but by 2nd level, they tend to be able to do lateral in ONE direction well, and not the other.. lol
Also, found this guy Gaited Horses and Dressage - YouTube
he seems to think that horses are incapable of raising the back and gaiting... I think that is altogether bunk.
I'ts not "altogether bunk." It is, however, a mish mash.
Dressage, with the capital "D", is a specific discipline with very specific rules. One of those is that the three gaits performed are walk, trot, and canter. If you want to do "Dressage" you can't be performing anything but a trot as you intermediate gait.
If you want to use dressage techniques to improve your horses performance and your own riding skills then that form of doing "dressage" (with the lower case "d") is perfectly OK.
The capitalization counts. It's like the difference between "Catholic" (meaning regarding the Church in Rome) and "catholic" (a word meaning "universal). Or, if you prefer, "Orthadox" and "orthadox." Or, in Canada, "Liberal" and "liberal."
Regarding gaits, he's badly mixed his metaphors. Most of what he complains about are the show ring abuses most of us disdain. In the '30s people routinely used gaited horses as general transportation and they didn't go lame. The record for a long ride is held by three Brazilians who rode the same six horse for just over two years around the circumference of Brazil (a distance of about 14,000 miles). If I could ask him, I'd see if he could explain exactly how they did that.
He reflects a set of widely held opinions. Sadly, everytime you see a horse in action devices and/or being badly ridden those opinions are confirmed.
So he's right about Dressage; wrong about dressage; and needs education on movement.