I was channel surfing the other day and came across a dressage program on RFD TV. I though "Yay! A program on here that's NOT Clinton Anderson!"
I can't remember exactly what program it was, but the clinician/trainer was talking to a crowd of people while a rider waited "at attention" with her horse. She had quite a bit of contact with the bit and the horse was standing square with his neck arched. He was constantly chomping at the bit and foaming at the mouth.
I am VERY new to dressage but to me the horse looked extremely uncomfortable and I couldn't understand why the horse was made to stand "at attention" the entire time. The woman kept going on and on and on, and all the while that horse stood there chomping and foaming. Would it have been a bad thing to allow the horse to relax while she was talking? In dressage competitions, does the horse have to stand collected (if I'm using the correct term) for an extended period of time?
Honestly I couldn't even tell you what the clinician was saying, I just kept staring at the horse and finally had to turn the channel because I just couldn't stand it any longer.