Core, have you ever ridden a cutting horse??? Or is that beneath you? Because I can tell you is that a good cutting horse wouldn't be beneath your butt for very long.....
Your a purist and you've as much as admitted it.......go ride your horse.
I've ridden everything but
a cutting horse. Unfortunately, there aren't any near where I live, and I haven't met anyone who does cutting. I'd love to try it, but haven't a clue how to get a foot in that door.
ridden a couple of very well-trained barrel horses in competition when I was younger. I know it's not the same, but still a helleva lot of fun. They were very well trained, very responsive, able to turn on a dime, and go from 0 to 100 in half a second. They weren't dressage trained... they were well trained horses, not well trained in dressage.
I grew up riding western. Learned how to ride from my cousin who does barrel racers. I board at a western pleasure barn. I've ridden saddle seat, side saddle, hunt seat pleasure, hunter/jumper, and tried my hand at fox hunting on an OTTB I couldn't handle. I've done showmanship, western pleasure, western trail classes, etc, etc. I chose dressage after having tried everything I could get my hands on. And I stuck with dressage because it has an unlimited learning potential. The more I know, the more I realize how much I don't know about dressage.
MG - you said you don't ride dressage, and you admit you don't know much about it. Your welcome to come take a lessons from my trainer to learn more about dressage. You can even use my horse. Or, I can try to find qualified dressage trainers in your area who have lesson horses you could use. And I'd be happy to talk about dressage with you at any time (if you'll lay off the insults). Maybe you'd be willing to help me find a barn that does cutters, or reiners, in my area that has lesson horses I could use for the first few times? Maybe we could meet in the middle of this divide instead of sitting on our respective fences hurling snide remarks? You seem like a person I could enjoy talking to if it weren't for this thread. Can we lay down the swords?