Originally Posted by Muppetgirl
This is what I watched.......was not impressed by the amount of contact.....in that bit.....could it been done on this horse in a bit approved and used by GP dressage officials? I'm not sure......anyway, each to their own.....it's not for me...
That video is a good example of why the WD movement grates on my nerves. There was nothing western about what the horse was doing or how it was being ridden. I have no objection to folks riding dressage. It isn't my cup of tea, but so what? But calling that "Western" seems dishonest to me.
I sometimes put an English CC saddle on Mia and ride her, but most of how I sit and how I cue her and how I use the reins is much closer to western riding. Sticking an English saddle under my butt doesn't make me an English rider, or Mia an English-trained horse.
It seems it would be more honest to simply open up a sub-set of dressage and allow it to be ridden at the lower levels in western tack, and justify it by saying it increases interest in dressage for those who can't afford or don't want two sets of tack.