Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Sweden - the land of carrots and apples
Rollkur is quite normal with the top riders nowadays, and behind closed doors; that kind of training is too.
It works for the competition; the horse learns that no matter how unbalanced he is, he keeps his head right in the frame. They're asking it to dance with a police grip, practically. That's why it's rarely seen any good selfcarriage in the dressage shows at high levels anymore. The whipping makes him lift his hindlegs..but not carrying with them. And the treatment overall just tell him to do whatever he's told - or it will hurt more.
But it works. Aky who won the olympics this year rides in rollkur as well, and I've seen pictures (old, but still) or her training horses similiar to this.
And these are supposed to be our role models?
(a big reason I refuse to ride dressage - if people can't see that for what it is, they have too little knowledge to teach me.)
Always keep your head up, but be careful to keep your nose at a friendly level.