That is exactly the worst aspect of it Heather,I said myself about the deep and round work on the other thread that I was confused as the horses were top level and appeared supple,elastic and relaxed.
If I hadnt already had it burnt into my brain by Erik then I may well have gone off and started getting B nice and 'round' as I had been told to do by two of our Olympic riders.Thankfully as it was I have Andrew to advise me,plus folks on here to discuss with, and looked into it some more for myself with the help of Catherine.
But what about everybody else who is being told by their own trainers to do this? along with tightening the darned nosebands? Ffs does nobody think theres an issue when you need great thick padding under your noseband?
Perhaps it is the judges Mandeigh,but it could equally well the the judging criteria that unintentionally leaves itself open to such abuse,I dont know enough to know where the problem lies,but it is a bloody BIG problem.