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The competition dressage world is out of control, it is allowing clearly abusive practises to take place.
To quote WB Yeats. Bigger fleas have little fleasUpon their backs to bite 'em.Little fleas have lesser fleas, And so ad infinitum
Its hard to understand how the winning of anything would require that level of ignorant treatment dished out to those- must be hundreds of horses??
Ah - but winning is everything these days! And the trainers are equally to blame - along with the judges. When wannabee dressage riders go to a 'top' trainer and he/she tells them what to do, how many will have the knowledge to KNOW it's wrong - or the courage to say so. The vast majority of trainers don't teach their students to RIDE - they teach them to WIN!Same with the BHS exam system - candidates are trained to pass exams, not to TEACH!