Originally Posted by mildot
I don't understand the mentality that english is THIS headset and western is THAT headset. The head goes where it goes depending on the horse's breed/conformation and level of fitness and training.
Well most western horses are
bred to go with a naturally lower headset, at least when it comes to the traditional stock horse breeds. I'll give you that Morgans, which is where this idea originated if I remember right, do work their western classes with a more elevated frame.
Don't get me wrong, I've started to dabble in Dressage myself in the past year or so. My poor mare mare has to put up with me swapping back and forth between the two. It's definitely benefited her, but at the same time, she's much better suited for the western riding than dressage.
I have the utmost respect for dressage riders. I know you have to get into a more elevated, collected frame to be able to perform at the upper levels. That being said, I still don't get it lol. Dressage originated as a test for cavalry horses, because in a battle situation you would need to be able to control every part of your horses body at the slightest cue. This is a huge difference from the origins of the western cow horse who had to be able to think and react for himself to an extent to be able to work the cattle effectively.
OK so I know the origins of the western horse have little to nothing at all to do with a lot
of the western classes out there today, but this it totally taking a 180 to the original intentions of the western horse.
I also say western already had it's own form of dressage. It's called reining; perhaps you've heard of it
Actually I think it's an interesting idea. I'm just playing devil's advocate a little bit. No fun having a discussion if everyone agrees right
This kind of explains it I suppose. Skip ahead to about the 3:20 mark to see the western dressage demonstration: