Indeed, horsemanship is always changing and it's true that the level of competition and what is now looked for, has really changed. For the best? I don't know. I think it's questionable at the best of times. When you look at the way the horses at the higher level of competitions are being trained, how much younger they are starting to be throw into GP level or PSG, I find it really makes you wonder.
Are new modes of training, the new techniques really better? As new bits, bridles, training equipment comes into and makes it's way into our local tack stores, we are essentially encouraging riders(trainers included) to rely more on this gear rather than refer back to perhaps "older" training. It seems that to make the money, horses have to be brought up quicker?
What is really happening to the sport?