Originally Posted by Bitless
To me it falls into the same catagory as rollcur ( grossly overbending training method)
I'm sorry, but the Rollkur itself isn't a bad idea. In fact, I like the idea - however I would use it as how it's SUPPOSED to be used, not how it IS used.
It is supposed to be hyperflexion of the neck (not extreme, but definitely behind the vertical) for a few seconds, followed IMMEDIATELY by letting the horse stretch its neck to the ground.
Unfortunately, some dressage riders make the horse hyperflex to the extreme for 10+ minutes at a time - this is NOT how it is SUPPOSED to be used, and yes, it IS bad.
Originally Posted by BluMagic
When the horse jumps someone hits their hooves with some sort of pole to make them think they clipped the rails. Therefore, the horse supposedly tucks better and jumps higher.
Seems dumb to me. Whatever happened to natural ability? Where are the "good ol days" where you could take the extra couple years to train the horse properly? Everyone wants results NOW... and it's hurting the industry as a whole.
Or for that matter, how about a complete height cap on how high Grand Prix/Olympic level horses have to jump? It seems the jumps get bigger and bigger every year. (Or 4 years.. hehe)