I'm saying that lower level movements are not exclusive to dressage.
A football player might lift weights to improve his football, but he's not going to do Olympic weightlifting and be C & J-ing 600kg!
The football player doesn't lift weights to get better at lifting weights and his goal is not to be doing Olympic weightlifting, so if someone asks him what he's doing in the gym he's going to say "lifting weights" not "practicing Olympic weightlifting".
Same with using basic principles to improve any horse. If you're yielding the horse off your leg while training a reining horse and someone asks you what you're doing - it's not "practicing Olympic dressage" it's "doing a leg yield". Calling it something it's not is just incorrect. If I'm trail riding my dressage horse, I'm not training for an endurance competition even though I might be working on conditioning.
ETA: Well now you're calling me pretentious jaydee so pick one - am I pretentious or unsupportive? It's not like I really care either way but I would like to know exactly how you perceive my actions/words so I can fix them and make myself a better person. Heck maybe I can make it to the next Olympics in reining if I start training now. I mean my horse already knows enough dressage the switch can't be too tough - because dressage is the basis of everything, right?
They say money doesn't buy happiness -- well happiness doesn't buy horses!
Last edited by ~*~anebel~*~; 08-08-2012 at 05:41 PM.