Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
When I said go get some English tack, I meant a PROPER bit for riding on a contact. Brannaman is not riding in a big ass curb that was never designed for contact. In general, I consider a snaffle a piece of English tack because while most horses are started in one regardless of discipline, they are not permitted in a Western show ring past a certain age. As they are literally the ONLY bit you can ride in for Dressage until upper levels, I consider a snaffle an English piece of tack.
And quite frankly, yes, that video basically shows Brannaman doing English riding in a Western saddle. Everything he is asking of this horse from paces to rhythm to carriage are aspects you would see in an English show ring, not a Western show ring. The point being he's not IN a show ring, and there are aspects from both disciplines that are very helpful in other disciplines. It is VERY much comparable to things like "hunter under saddle" for AQHA. It is NOT an English class - it is a Western class in English tack. All of the ideals being judged are Western ideals and those horses would place dead last in any true open hunter class.
I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.