I have closed this thread.
I believe the OP's question was answered - that chains are NOT used in Dressage, and are often used on gaited horses to 'improve' their gait.
Remember that just because you think a discipline is boring, does not mean it is pointless.
As a Dressage rider myself, I find the pursuit of perfection extremely worthwhile. It takes a certain type of person to be able to gain enjoyment from trying to perfect every aspect of a horse's work - I will spend an hour on walk-halt-walk transitions if I don't feel that they are as good as they can be on that horse.
The 'bouncy' paces come through the degree of collection that we ask of a horse. We expect more weight to be carried on the hind legs, which lightens the shoulder and allows to gait to become more animated - from there we can start asking for those 'movements' that you see in the Olympics. Its an extremely long process, full of blood, sweat and tears, that people dedicate their lives to.
This does not mean that Dressage is the be all and end all. I for one certainly don't expect every person to have a desire to learn Dressage to a high level, and I am also of the school of thought that basic riding is just that, basic riding. Any horse should know how to be light to the aids, off the leg, etc. Whether in Dressage, eventing, reining, barrel racing.....
Please respect other people's discplines - if you do not know anything about it, ask questions before assuming that it's boring and pointless.
Last edited by Kayty; 11-22-2012 at 11:22 PM.