Originally Posted by Corporal
I'm very confused. A couple of decades ago people used to make fun of the very low headset by saying they rode with wheels on the bottom of the shanks of the bits. Is it low head carraige?
I also see obedient but overbent--is that it?
I ALSO see smacking the horse in the mouth alternating reins. I thought you were supposed to warm up before a class, but not be schooling at the last minute. Is THAT it? =/
I wasn't planning to post any responses to this thread as I believe the original intent was to cause hate and discontent.
I ride both english and western in the AQHA realm. What you are seeing is some overbending. As for the "smacking", believe it or not the hands are not harsh. The reins are longer so you see a lot more movemetn when they ask for the horse to give to the bit and because they are in the warm-up ring they are really over asking for everything in hopes that when they enter the show pen the horse will drop it's head and ride flat.
I notice the person creating the video panned around the arena to find the most animated riders in order to really show the "abuse".
Years ago the horses were riding with their noses actually below the knees and today you will occasionaly see one with that type of headset. It's not correct and the judges are not supposed to pin it. Sometimes you'll see a horse that is snaking or canting or doing something that is a fault according to the rule book that will pin higher then the rest of the class. It's not always because the judge thinks that's the best horse, sometimes that's actually the horse with the least amount of bobbles.
Judging is and always has been a victim of politics though.
I'm not going to get involved in a right or wrong argument in this thread.