I'd have to go along with a lot of these. I have an across the back fence neighbor who does it, and apparently competes at a reasonably high level. I also live just down the road from a stable with a lot of people into that sort of thing.
Originally Posted by Cinnys Whinny
Yeah, riding around that arena for hours on end.
Some of them. The neighbor is quite nice, the owners of the stable are major
snobs. But I think this is to some extent true of most competitions where appearance counts - e.g. The 'bling' on some western show costumes.
I heard that Dressage people are cruel to their horses to make them do that
I don't know if you'd call it cruel, exactly, but I do think some of the unnatural postures - the nose-down attitude, for instance - and gaits must be pretty darned uncomfortable. My neighbor's two seem to spend their non-riding time in pens or stalls that are maybe 30x30. And when I invited her to come along on some trail rides (she's fairly new to the area), her response was "Oh, no. My horses are too valuable to take out on trails."