So, I go to the Devon Horse show every year (if you're familiar with it) not riding just watching. One time I was looking at the horses warming up and a lot of them had chains from front leg to front leg. I assumed it was for dressage, and it made them walk the way they do for dressage. Is this true? If so why do trainers use these and some do not? How do dressage trainers that don't use these chain things get the horse to walk, trot, canter the way a dressage horse does?
I am not knowledgeable about Dressage Riders using them but I know the gaited world does very often to get the "Big Lick" style, which personally disgusts me. They do it to raise the front feet more and give more action, so I am assuming the same for this situation your talking about.
They probably use shoes to get this affect without using chains.
I don't think it was saddle seat, because there wasn't any saddle seat classes that day. Only jumping and dressage... im not sure they even have saddle seat there. And to Black Beauty 94, not even knowing anything about the chains it made me mad because it looked so awful!