Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Central Western NSW, Australia
I can appreciate dressage, but I have never had any desire to do it. I did do some during a course and I despised it. It bored me to no end, even though I enjoy watching it. I prefer spontaneity, rather than circling at C, then free walk to F, or whatever it might happen to be.
In many ways, it goes against what I think horse riding should be - relaxed, fun, and natural. You can nearly always see a ridiculous amount of tension in both horse and rider. I believe that a good horse shouldn't need constant contact and should be able to be ridden on a loose rein. Now, if the entire test was ridden in with the same looseness as the free walk, it would be something of interest to me.
Not only that, but I would fail miserably at it because I would never be able to remember the course. But my current horse thinks the same way as me about dressage - I was riding him during a practice test, and he side-stepped out of the arena and flat out refused to go back in.