If you look carefully at what I wrote I said I had not SEEN a horse (implied at FEI professional standard) that I believe is not tense and I believe is enjoying their work.
All I can say for this comment is that I feel sorry you haven't seen good riders and good trainers. I do see every time I go to my dressage trainer barn. I do see the change in my own horses when I started dressage. And I don't think bashing the whole discipline is a way to go. Or then ANY riding is abusive.
With that being said I'm closing the thread...
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