I see a lot of people, who say they rider dressage, condemning those at the top of the sport for "abusive practices". Which I find really laughable.
Having ridden with some of these people, having spurs removed or exchanged for smaller ones, whips taken away, etc.. and really learning from them they have a lot of knowledge to offer and are in no way abusive. Two of my favorite moments are watching Robert Dover hop on a not particularly talented horse and schooling him in such a light way that he was dancing - it was amazing to see how his seat affected the horse. And watching Anky teach and really simplify things "How do you ride a circle?" she asked one rider, who rattled off a list of aids and Anky cut her off to say "You just ride the circle, ride the shape, don't think too much".
It really irks me to then see people harp on these riders, and others, when they themselves actually have no idea about dressage and would be smart to sit down and watch them school or teach before judging them.
Lets also remember that Rolkur has not been proven to be abusive or detrimental by science and studies by some of the worlds leading biomechanics experts have actually found the opposite to be true.
And re dressage horses not going outside, that is very normal in a lot of sports and breed show people across the board. That whole thing was PETA being stupid. TBs at the race track don't get turn out either. Nor do some jumpers, reiners, AQHA, Arabs, Morgans, Saddlebreds, etc.. etc.. etc..
Use your brain before accusing some people of abuse. What is abuse? We agree that riding in spurs and bits with a whip is not abuse. We agree that correcting a horse roughly for dominant or aggressive behavior is not abuse. We agree that starvation, not getting feet done, not getting a vet out for an injury, etc.. is abuse. But where is the line?
They say money doesn't buy happiness -- well happiness doesn't buy horses!