Originally Posted by kevinshorses
Just to play devils advocate... You really don't have any idea if she used gentler training methods or not. All you are seeing is the result of the training that was done with whatever method she used. I would guess that she had a very well trained dressage horse that she put in a halter and trained to do this demonstration.
Gentle training = happy horse...happy horse = happy expression on face...that horse in the video had the happiest expression I've ever seen a dressage horse have and kept that throughout the whole video.
Even a well trained dressage horse may or may not go that good in a halter. That horse is very soft and light, and with how dressage has gotten most are not soft or light and they were taught that way by their riders.
Spurs are for refinement, just because she didn't loose the spurs doesn't mean that she needed them or even used them.