Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Corpus Christi, TX
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I was a working student for him for 2 years and I will admit that yes, I was definitely overhorsed and overmatched for my abilities, but I was never "pushed" into it, and I definitely wouldn't call him "ruthless". I think more of it was that he felt I was a better rider than my confidence allowed me. I also didn't have choices of horses to ride at the barn at the time. Back then he was a younger trainer getting really started in the business and trying to get to upper levels, perhaps pushing too hard. He was very big on long and low, and I don't think that's a bad thing. He's an eventing trainer, so he's not meaning horses need to be long and low 24/7 to do upper level dressage, but most people don't do those basics with the horse, they skip those basic building blocks for a good dressage foundation.
I didn't watch this exact video but I've spent a ton of time watching him ride and his lower leg does have a bit of bounce to it, but he's not constantly spurring the horse forward. It's more of a cupping action I guess? He has always had super effective legs, and since he mostly rides TBs, you can bet he does not actually have his leg spurring them forward every step like that. It's more of an encouraging movement, and being relaxed and supple and sitting the trot, absorbing the bounce and moving WITH the horse every stride. If any of that makes sense lol.
Gypsy Girl, I'm curious when you used to ride there? I worked there around 2000/2001.