Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Klamath Falls Oregon
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As I stated before, twice I think, this technique is nothing more than a relaxation exercise which communicates to the horse for maybe 30 seconds, at the walk, ok the pressure is off you can relax. I also stated that I learned this from Bruce Davidson at a clinic. Davidson is a three day Oylmpic gold medalist and has traveled the world giving clinics. One day of the three day event is devoted to dressage so I think one could assume that Davidson is an accomplished dressage rider. So, you are saying that Bruce Davidson should go to a dressage instructor and "learn how to ride the correct way and that this technique that he teaches in his clinics is wrong? Here is a short bio on Davidson. "Bruce Davidson has been a member of the U.S. Equestrian Team since 1971. He was a member of two Olympic gold medal teams, 1976 and 1984, and earned two Olympic silver team medals in 1972 and 1996. In 1974, riding Irish Cap, Davidson was the first American to win the World Championships at Burghley in England. Due to his win the U.S. was awarded the privilege of hosting the 1978 World Championships. Bruce defended his title aboard Might Tango and became the only rider to ever win back-to-back at the Lexington Kentucky World Championships."
Some minds are a steel safe such that useful information is locked out. While I admire the level of training that goes into an upper level dressage horse what practical purpose is there for piaffe and passage? Sure, it looks neat but it is basically a circus act with no practical application. There is no reason on God's green earth why a person training a horse to compete in a working cow horse class should pay a dressage instructor to teach them how to ride. Perhaps the beginning dressage rider would benefit from first taking lessons from a stock horse trainer in order to learn proper basics before attempting to learn dressage. If this statement causes your blood pressure to rise it is an indication of how offensive and audacious it is to participants of other equine disciplines to propose that dressage is the principle equine discipline that every rider should learn.