Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman
...So, as you stated before, all riding is dressage, and I have to add,IF DONE RIGHT.
Still waiting for the definition of dressage......
First, I have NEVER said all riding is dressage. On the contrary, I have argued against it.
Second, you might want to look at the list of forums in HF. There is a dressage sub-forum, but if you ask how to get your horse to follow the cows on that sub-forum, your post will be moved. Why? Because on HF, the dressage sub-forum doesn't exist to discuss cutting horse training.
And there is a forum on riding, and that forum is also not the dressage sub-forum. Why? Because on HF, the dressage forum covers the SPORT of dressage - which is how the word is normally used in English.
Third, the Western Dressage people are NOT using dressage to mean "any training". They use it to mean the SPORT of dressage, and they prove it by trying to imitate in test and judges the SPORT of dressage. So when they say they are going to use the principles of dressage to make western riders better riders, they are saying they are going to use the principles taught in the SPORT of dressage to improve western riders - although I would argue western riders already do fine at western riding.
So no, you have no business trying to change the subject and pretending that the WD people are using dressage by its French definition. They obviously are not, and the word obviously has a different meaning in English than in French. This thread does not ask if "training" will improve a western rider or horse, because it is obvious that western training will do so. It is asking if the WD people are right, and if the principles of the SPORT of dressage are needed to make western riders better riders, and western horses better horses.