Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
His condescension is very irritating. I've had a whopping THREE lessons in western riding. 3! The first lesson, how were turns taught?
1 - Seat
2 - Leg
3 - Reins (if needed)
And I was told from lesson 1 (and in both following lessons) that the goal is for step 3 to be unneeded.
So this guy wants to show that in 'western dressage', you can turn a horse using your seat...right. I was doing that in lesson #1 of basic western riding. Not by tilting in, though, but by twisting the hip a little - basically just turn my body a little to look in the direction we are about to turn. Leg to tighten, if needed.
Also, he showed the 'western rider' moving the hip by leaning forward and pushing with the leg just in front of the horse's rear hip. Anyone do that? I don't. I move my leg back a couple of inches, but then, my leg is already a little forward of what would be appropriate for real dressage riding. I sure as heck don't lean way forward as if I'm trying to scratch my horse's hip with my heel.
Again, it comes across to me as someone with a dressage background who doesn't want to understand western riding...just look down on it. He ought to come out to Arizona and take a single lesson in western riding before commenting on how western riders do stuff. OK, he could probably stop in Arkansas and take a single lesson in western riding.
Reining, OTOH, uses some of the same concepts as found in dressage, but adapts them to the western tradition and tack. It accepts the history of western riding instead of rejecting it.