Originally Posted by WSArabians
I think people should do whatever they want, but I have a real issue with seeing shank bits that are parallel to the ground. Good horsemanship? I think not.
^^^This is my biggest issue with western dressage.
And if you look back at the post from bsms- quoted from the (WDAA)- " to provide western riders and horses with an educational program which incorporates the principles of lightness into a whole new way of thinking about riding western."
Not sure if the WDAA allows curb bits, but if so I would not say they are encouraging lightness with most pictures I have seen shown just as WS described above.
I think I am confused by thinking that most shows, breed, local and schooling shows offer a Dressage class with the usual paraphernalia. So my question is, is it the change of tack that makes WD appealing?