Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
Dressage is a word borrowed from French, but it has a meaning in English. That meaning, in English, is NOT "training". it is quite common for words borrowed from another language to change meaning in the new language. In English, dressage does not mean "training". You see, we already have a word that means "training": training.
Years ago, I was a squadron's "Training Officer", not its "Dressage Officer".
And for the purposes of this thread, when western dressage says they are going to use the principles of dressage to improve western riders and horses, they are NOT referring to generic horse training - and everyone here knows that. They are using the prestige acquired by the SPORT of dressage - as well as the myths that surround it - to convince people that they have a better way of training horses and riders, and that better way is adapted from...European Dressage, or the sport of dressage, whatever. But they are NOT claiming they are going to use generic training to improve the way western horses perform and western riders ride. And it is the assumption that western horses and riders need outside help, combined with what I see as an illegitimate borrowing (theft?) of the reputation the sport of dressage has built up, as being wrong with WD. It strikes me as using "lazy man's dressage" to fix a problem that western riders and horses don't have.
"People can teach us the rules, but only horses can teach us the art of riding."