Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
There is a reason dressage is done in an arena. It isn't meant to be the way you trot a horse while checking fences. There is also a reason I don't canter on the trails near where I live...it isn't safe for me or the horse. Far too many rocks!
But that doesn't mean cantering isn't a part of riding. I think it would be a blast to ride a good dressage horse, and suspect a lot of dressage horses could ride a fence just fine - using a style meant for riding fences.
You won't find a lot of cowboys riding a forward seat, but that doesn't make a forward seat wrong.
As long as it is teasing, I wouldn't worry about it. Apart, maybe, from asking him if he wants to try a lesson in dressage...
... Energy is an admirable thing, but the energy of stupidity seldom avails much..." - On Seats and Saddles (1868), Francis Dwyer, Major of Hussars (light cavalry)