Now THIS is western dressage!
Sorry, getting carried away with this WD thing, but this vid blew me away:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9Y1F_f87F0
I was watching it for a whole minute before I realized the rider never even touches the reins!! They are tied to the pommel. So all of this is being done with seat & leg.
If this isn't proof you do NOT need a choke hold on your horse's face to have a fluid and accurate "conversation" with
them, I don't know what would be...
Mr. Brainard should just ditch those silly WD classes and show folks this video and tell them "learn to ride like this!!"
Of course, you'd lose 95% of those interested, because it takes a long time and alot of dedication to learn to ride like this, but hey...it's either real horsemanship or it's BS.