Originally Posted by DraftXDressage
Do any of the people who are ripping on the horse in the OP think it looks any more pleasant or practical to ride the piaffe or passage?
I've never ridden dressage and don't know a lot about that either (though recently I've become very interested and am hoping to start in the fall) but I've always heard that dressage is training and it goes back to when horses were used in military and all the movements were actually used or were building up to something that was useful. It was also teaching the rider to be more effective when they were practising all the different movements.
At least, that's what I've heard, correct me if I'm wrong.
And to be honest, I've ridden horses that are very balanced and not on their forehand while they had that low wp head and gait so I know that low head does not mean unbalanced, but at a glance dressage looks more balanced and it's just easier
to see purpose in that training. I love the animated look a well trained dressage horse has when they are super collected, just bursting with energy and forwardness, but totally willing to hold back and go slow. Amazing.
So it is easier to understand dressage. And I think I get what the purpose was to begin with (military training?). That's why I was asking about the purpose for wp. To me if I was actually on a pleasure ride I want the horse to cover a little more ground at the walk especially. But maybe some people don't. So I was wondering if there was something that originally came from.