Very interesting discussion.
Funny timing too since I just discovered a dressage/jumping barn near where I board my barrel racing horses and I thought it would be neat to learn some English over the winter months in their indoor.
I also found it interesting how barrel racing always seems to be on the butt of jokes when discussions get hot. Despite that my barrel horses also learn how to do competitive trail, horsemanship, reining, roping, etc. Do we do it well
? Not really.
But it's just local small shows, it's fun for me, and good for their minds, and overall improving them and improving me. I also wanted to be able to enter in the dressage and jumping events. Hence why I want to take lessons this winter.
I'm totally PRO-cross-training. And I don't get hung up on technical terms, because what one person calls one thing, will be known as something completely different by someone else. Just like how one thing can be trained through process A or it also can be trained through process B and still end up with the same end result. It's human nature. Just like how I can sit here and "read" a book (in the present) or how I could have "read" that book last week (in the past tense). Exact same word. Different meaning.