I just can't understand how people can honestly and in good consciousness think that their horses are happy when they are wearing tail sets, being shouted at and riled up in the ring, and never have a chance to just relax and be horses. I've been to gorgeous, immaculate, professional saddleseat barns who take excellent care of there horses, yet the look in their horses' eyes is sad and depressed, and its no wonder when they're never let out and are constantly wearing that stupid tail set harness. If the horses can't do the gaits with only a bridle and saddle facilitating communication between them and the rider, maybe they shouldn't be forced into it with shoes and tail sets, because that's exactly what those things do, they force the horses to hold their tails up and to lift their legs higher. Sure theres an element of this in all forms of horseback riding, but saddleseat has made a sport out of artificial techniques.
Have you ever considered that the reason this topic keeps coming up is because there is something wrong? I certainly won't let it lie, not while horses are living lives like some saddleseat horses currently are.