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post #1 of 8 Old 10-02-2013, 05:33 PM Thread Starter
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Bridleless dressage

Quite an impressive performance from year 1988 - dressage without a bridle:

czcionka - YouTube
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post #2 of 8 Old 10-02-2013, 05:44 PM
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{I will have to check that out later! YouTube is blocked for me at work, but I am very curious to see that in action. Posting to subscribe for later.}
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I find people's reaction to this video (video comments) amusing: "No Scraping bits or anything! only freedom and friendship!" "No forceful training to get the horse to do what you want!" etc.. Yet the rider is wearing spurs which the horse is clearly not trained to accept properly (see lashing tail). Also, do they really think this horse was trained the whole way without a bridle? No, he was trained just as any other dressage horse, he just happens to be sensitive and responsive enough to be able to go bridleless.

Don't get me wrong, it's a fun video, but people make me shake my head.
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I smell sour grapes...
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post #6 of 8 Old 10-03-2013, 01:33 AM Thread Starter
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Tessa, it is quite clear that this horse was trained "traditionally", and the rider enters the arena with a double bridle after all, but the performance, nonetheless, is an interesting demonstration of the fact that a bit is not obligatory to do some very high level dressage elements. Besides, take into consideration, that it is year 1988 - I highly doubt that back in the day riding in a cordeo among professional riders was common at all. It was a fresh look of what can be achieved.
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post #7 of 8 Old 10-03-2013, 12:00 PM
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I never said it wasn't interesting or that the horse and rider did not both preform well, I was commenting on people's (probably not horse savvy) interpretation of the video.
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post #8 of 8 Old 10-03-2013, 01:23 PM
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Well, if you search for Nevzorov videos you'll see real amazing stuff done truly bridless from the beginning....

...he's a genius (with his horses) but he's so extremist that the only way to follow all his teachings would be to just have the horse sitting on a field with minimum interaction
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