Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: northern arkansas
I must say, I am truly a dressage cynic after seeing most dressage "Idols" engaging in cruel training practices and being rewarded for it.
But I find this video a breath of fresh air. I usually tend to disagree with people when they show me a horse and say it looks happy, but this one does, he has a relaxed frame even when collected, "happy" ears, and no pinching of the eyes or stiffness in his muzzle. Truly refreshing.
And I agree with the gentle training= happy horse thing too. Usually when a horse is trained harshly you can tell every time it is ridden, it is a lasting effect that is always evident. This horse responds calmly and quickly with no tension or fear. I was also impressed to see some daylight between those spurs(so what if she/he wore them) and the horses sides. Also you can see that she has a very light contact with the reins yet the gorse is not pushing on them at all, on the contrary, he is set in a good frame in a relaxed way and is not above or behind the vertical.
I do not care if this has been done forever. It is just nice to see no matter how long the feat has been able to be accomplished.
Ω Horses are a projection of peoples dreams Ω