02-27-2013, 01:14 PM
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@GotaDun and Longride
(Gotadun, I also replied to you 1-2 pages back :) I don't know if you missed it or just chose not to reply but I don't mind either way)
There were places, especially in the very beginning where his horse (This is Eitan and Holiday Compadre if you're familiar with them) was looking around and upheaded which I didn't care for. I can kind of sympathize since a huge bellowing crowd and clapping people can be a stimulation overload to a horse (and a rider for that matter), but I noticed other things throughout which were noticable enough not to excuse the way Compadre was coming out of the bridle at the beginning. Right off the bat, I found the fact that he was using two hands and a curb bit irritating. Later on after he started performing high level dressage manuvers like piaffe and passage, my irritation with it built up because after training and intro level dressage (1st level too? I don't recall) you're required to ride one handed; only in the lower levels do you have the option of riding two handed. So, he's riding around doing all these upper level dressage movements, but still doing two handed with a curb. I also disliked how at times he threw himself and his hands forward like a reiner, but then at other times had his horse all collected up.
On the good side, I thought that his tempi were nice, even though his horse sort of swung to the side/bent to the side when he asked. I thought the piaffe and passage had good rhythm, but I did notice that the horse seemed very excited and shuffled his feet a few times. Despite that, I thought throughout the performace that the horse had very nice and consistent suspension.
Back to the bad (or moreso the uncertain), I was unimpressed by the....side pass at the canter? Because I've never seen that done before. It just looked weird to me, and I wasn't really sure what that was. Just seemed awkward.
At the time when I was watching it, I thought the extended trot was impressive, but after going back and reading what Longride had to say, I believe I agree. Not only with the extended trot did I notice this, but everything looked very....rushed. Like he had taught the horse in a hurry to get ready for the show rather than in a slow, consciencious manner which prevents the horse from getting to excited and what not. Still, I thought it was a nice performance and I think I'd rather show this to someone curious about Western Dressage and just point out some of the problems rather than show them some of the more popular videos on youtube that I really dislike as examples of western dressage.
Please, if you have anything else to add or disagree with what I said, don't be afraid to speak up as long as it's in a non-degrading manner XD I'm only 15, and really my top priority is just educated myself and learning about other perspectives/views rather than proving anything to anyone about western dressage :)