A lot of mumbo jumbo written from the view of a spectator, and not a rider.
Yes it is all well and good to recognize correct work. Yes we can sit and analyze performances and pictures and slow frame videos and pick out freeze frames of good and not good. However, horses are living and breathing animals with minds of their own. It is important to recognize the training aspect of collection. It is very easy to sit down and write a webpage saying war is bad and peace is good. The difficulty is the HOW. And this is where we need to refer to the literature written by riders, and not the peanut gallery.
Developing a Full, Round Neck
Ride Like a Dressage Professional
Some better, true, published articles by Charles de Knuffy and Christoph Hess, respectively, on the subject of RIDING the horse, not watching it.
It's mumbo jumbo because it's a lot of words that never really say anything. There's no science or riders backing it up. It just creates a bunch of armchair enthusiasts behind their keyboards complaining about upper level dressage because an anonymous person once posted a picture of Anky in a moment of time and the horse was BTV and now she's evil and does Rolkur despite the fact she has, and has had, many horses competing well and happily into their late teens in FEI level dressage. And because "Bob's Dressage Page" on the internet is the end all be all for everything Dressage and Anky can't possibly know a single thing about horse training - she is abusive and MEAN!!"How" really is the next step and not one that is possible if people have not understood how to recognise what is correct first. Calling the article a lot of "mumbo jumbo" seems pretty unhelpful really, unless you are saying it is incorrect in which case please explain further.
In depth books can be a difficult way to learn about how to achieve collection with a living breathing horse, I think good one to one instruction might be better.
From the article:A lot of mumbo jumbo written from the view of a spectator, and not a rider....
Actually, I don't think it's that easy. There are many kinds of war, and many kinds of peace, too.... Yes we can sit and analyze performances and pictures and slow frame videos and pick out freeze frames of good and not good....It is very easy to sit down and write a webpage saying war is bad and peace is good.
THANK YOU."The quote at the top of this article [‘A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject’] is attributed to Sir Winston Churchill. And it is the fanatic aspect of the debate about hyperflexion that makes it so peculiar. It is not unlike sectarian extremism: people opposing the use of hyperflexion will generally do so based on their real love of the horse and their genuine belief, rightly or wrongly, that hyperflexion is a serious health and welfare issue.
Such civilised voices are, however, completely shouted down by the messages of hate and intolerance of the militant minority, who generate personal attacks on riders, trainers and sponsors of equestrian events. But the militants’ arguments are based purely on emotion, not on facts, and they spin the outcome of scientific work to fit their own agenda. Let me be quite clear on one point, there is absolutely no way an experienced rider will ruin a horse using hyperflexion..."