Those are ALL opinion articles. Including the opinion stated in the conclusion of the paper you posted. The researcher is showing severe bias. The skill of the riders is NOT quantified and the areas where the tests were run are not exactly meccas for dressage.
True. Actually most things in this world are based on opinion. It is MY opinion that if you shoot yourself with a gun, you will likely get injured, regardless of how good a shot you are.
Let's go to Ohio to ride with such and such is NOT a commonly used phrase. THEN if you read the results, there is no difference in the heart rates or "fear" of the horse when ridden either way. As well one horse actually preferred the R side!!
I would like to see the study that showed ONE horse was more comfortable.
As well, riders do not ride into the competition arena in RK. Just incase that's unclear? It is a training method for a very specific kind of horse in very specific situations.
While a rider may not purposely use RK in the ring, the lasting affects of this training are often painfully obvious with the horse constantly diving behind the vertical during the test. It isn't even being penalized these days. Ridiculous. It is so often seen in the halts in tests at the highest levels IN THE RING...not just schooling
The effects cannot escape being seen in the ring.
In a calm relaxed environment on a calm relaxed horse (like the testing environment in the study, likely) you're stupid to use it. On a fire breathing dragon in the warm up at the Olympics (where might I remind you, one horse completely lost his marbles and left out the competition arena bucking - also not an RK horse for what it's worth) yeah - RK might be a good thing to consider if you like your breeches white in the ring.
Well,if you are using it as a method to control a badly trained/behaved horse, so be it. And, don't say I haven't ridden "fire breathing" high level horses, because you would be dead wrong. I think if I better prepare my horse for the stress of the ring, I am less likely to soil my breeches (although I have had moments when another kind of soiling was close....but I digress...).
Horses are athletes. Look at regular athletes. They run with parachutes behind them, drag weights around, and do all these other very extreme things outside of what is required in the competition. Sprinters don't just sprint all day every day. You need to work additional muscles - same with the horses.
I don't get it. You have to use punishing techniques as a way of getting your horse fit?
And yes, CH, LB, CD, and others are implicated in the LDR/RK thing. If you're anti RK/LDR these are the folks you're up against.
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There was, recently, a really bad photo of Charlotte getting her award and doing a victory gallop. Her horse was very overbent. This is not, necessarily, evidence of RK training. You will always be able to get moments of time captured that will look bad. Does she use RK? I have no idea. Her horses don't show evidence that she does.
A student caught me schooling a horse. I was not aware of the photo and was not trying to look good (so I didn't). I use lots of stretch breaks during my workouts. It allows the horse to relax muscles that have been working hard. But, there is nothing tense, forced or uncomfortable here. It satisfies what I am wanting for the horse, a release.
I have no need for RK as I see it doing much more harm to movement than good. When the dressage world gets over their LOVE of flashy forehand movement and start looking at the haunch again, RK may start to fade from favor, IMO.