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  • Leg "stretchers" for horses
  • Are training chains used on dressage horses?

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    11-22-2012, 01:27 AM
Originally Posted by JDJumper    
One of the many reasons why I hate dressage (no offense to anyone who does it) And it doesnt even look right, it looks SOO unnatural!
Dressage is the essence of getting a horse to move correctly.
I have *never* heard of any sort of chains being used on a Dressage horse's legs.
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    11-22-2012, 01:32 AM
Yeah, their function is different than what a dressage horse would need. As someone said on a different thread, the "pressure" is always on when they are, so they would be pretty pointless On a dressage horse who needs to move forty different ways in a show, as compared to the saddleseat horse who is up and up the entire class. I think they would be way too inefficient for a dressage horse. Stretchers might have their purpose, but chains, nah.
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    11-22-2012, 01:48 AM
Green Broke
I don't see any dressage trainer finding and benefit to using chains.

Re dressage - do you know what the word dressage means? It means to train. You can't get over a jump without having basics in dressage. And to do higher level jumping it requires more dressage training. When you do a rollback in a jump off your horse needs to know how to move off your leg. To teach a horse to move off your leg, you need the flat work. Jumping is dressage over fences.
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    11-22-2012, 02:31 AM
I think you have have been severely misinformed and while you are totally entitled to your own opinion I think you need to properly informed on dressage. I personally take offense to this because I go out of my way to make sure my horses are moving naturally while training. My horses are never FORCED to collect or gain contact in the bridle this is something you can't really force without the horse's movement becoming hindered or restricted. Dressage is about getting your horse engaged with you and working as a team. Dressage LITERALLY means "training" and that is all it is, it is training. It is the right amounts of balance with horse and rider, rhythm, and timing. And is different with each horse and rider..

There should NEVER be any reason for anyone training in dressage to use chains of any sort. So you are almost certainly talking about gaited horses, Tennessee walkers, Saddlebreds, Paso Finos, etc. If you are using chains to alter your horse's movement in dressage you need to just quit riding and go back to the basics because you obviously missed something along the line..

So please do not bash something you do not understand or know. =] If you took the time you would find that dressage is a beautiful way of training horses and just like every other discipline there are those out there who will break and bend the rules and harm their horses to win ribbons..
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    11-22-2012, 02:47 AM
Green Broke
If you have to chain your horses leg to get a specific action that is cruel.
Justify it all you want.. it is cruel. Don't tie down the heads, don't tie up the tail or whack it with a board so it can't raise the tail.
Whatever discipline of riding the horse should be shown as natural as possible.Not to Fads or styles.
    11-22-2012, 03:40 AM
There are some reasons for it that I know.

1. To raise the horse's legs higher and to give it a flashier, etc.
2. To keep tempo, I've heard people would do that to help with the horse's extended trot/canter.
    11-22-2012, 06:58 AM
Originally Posted by JDJumper    
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?
What does it even mean to "walk the way they do for dressage"?
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    11-22-2012, 09:38 AM
Probably like this.

As compared to this.
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    11-22-2012, 12:03 PM
Green Broke
I've never heard of chains being used by dressage riders. Some horses naturally have more knee action (Totilas is one of them, although it's not a look I personally favor) but it's not a requirement for dressage, nor does it increase the horse's score. There would be no reason to encourage it for the dressage ring.
    11-22-2012, 12:06 PM
Originally Posted by DraftXDressage    
What does it even mean to "walk the way they do for dressage"?
Like how they do those certain moves and such... I used poor wording before sorry.

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