No discipline is easy, that is true, but I don't know what the big deal is. I want my horse to be comfortable learning as many disciplines as possible, which all include a good foundation to go on other things. I want a western pleasure horse who can change it up and do hunter under saddle, then I want to do hunter over fences, then I want to do western dressage, and anything else I point her at. I don't know if that's considered "dabbling", but a good horse with a good foundation should be able to dabble in whatever is put in front of it. That's half the fun of training. :/ I don't know what the discipline snobbery is all about.
But, I will concede that if I dabble in dressage, I won't call myself a dressage rider. But I will take whatever techniques I choose beneficial to me and use them in my other disciplines. And that "good foundation" is not from dressage. My basis for all my riding happens to be natural horsemanship, and that's just what I like to use, not a historical fact. Maybe someone else's basis for riding happens to be dressage, because that's what works for them.
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