Threads about Western Dressage and Western vs Dressage keep recurring on our Forum. I didn't want to get into the rants that seem to infer one is better than the other, or they are so different that the term "Western + Dressage" seems to be an oxymoron.
For anybody reading these threads I thought I'd point out that at least 2 well known and well respected trainers believe that Western Dressage can be a very good way to train your horse and/or to show him/her, too.
Here are the links:
Lynn Palm | Western Dressage Association® of America
Julie Goodnight | Western Dressage Association® of America
I believe that the intricacies of a form of riding belong in the show ring and with the judges. I have and continue to learn principles that help me train my horses better from EVERY discipline and I believe that they are all interrelated. The more varied your training, the more well-trained, socialized and pleasant your horse's behavior will become.