Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman
He is not trying to explain. He is lecturing us and twisting the truth. Just because to prove HIS point...
And unlike you, I did prove my point. I used EVIDENCE. I didn't make empty claims, but showed WHY a reasonable person should agree.
I didn't twist anything. The photos were real. The paintings and statues were real. The quote from Xenophon was real.
And I back it up with having actually read military manuals, and from an understanding of the military that came with 25+ years in the US Air Force. If someone needed you to get 3,000 horses and 2,500 riders ready for a war that could break out in 2-3 months, you had better not buy up a bunch of dressage manuals!
Dressage - and I don't care if you call it classical or competitive - is about perfection. The military is about "good enough". No one in their right mind would use a system that takes years of training and apply it to the military.
Yes, my mare is a challenge for me. She was sold to me as good for a beginner, and in reality the trainer who did so much for her concluded 3 years later than she had never been broken to ride. Take a total beginner, and add an Arabian mare who probably hadn't been broken, and who definitely had never gone outside of an arena, and you have the classic recipe for disaster. But Mia & I have stuck with each other, and we're now working on exorcising her inner demons. If she ever becomes "just a trail horse", it will reflect great credit on a lady whose background was barrel racing, and on me - although I may go to my grave with pain in my back from our adventures on the way. And my actual goal for her isn't for her to learn dressage, but to so rid her of her inner demons that I can someday take her to a local barrel racing competition...and finish last. If we ever pull it off, together, then last place will still be a victory. And I honestly think most genuine dressage riders can understand and respect that...