Wow, I had to spend several months with a very good dressage trainer to stop fixating on my horse's head. That device would put me right back at square one. Perhaps a monitor to tell you when your horse is engaging his hind end and reaching under with his hind legs would be more appropriate, LOL!
My daughter is learning dressage with her pony. I sent that link to her trainer. I still have not forgiven her trainer for thinking a just might be serious! Ouch!
Yep, we have a head tossing Arab around here. I have visions of his riders face getting whacked a bit with that lovely device
I don't think there's any reason to get all high and mighty about this or accuse people of not wanting to learn to ride.
If it actually works, and breaks apart if yiou happen to hit it, I don't see the problem with it. No better way for a beginner to get some feel for how the horse feels when he's rounder and more supple. My objection is that it becomes basically one thing more to run into and get jammed down your throat, if things don't go quite as planned.
People starting in dressage actually have a very tough time 'feeling' where their horse's head is. They can't see it, and they can't connect up what they feel with where the horse's head and neck is. If the horse is not bending and is resisting the bit, this will help them connect up how that feels with how it looks.
Like any device, it can be misused, and of course there is the problem that a bazillian people think dressage is all about making a horse 'assume the magic position'. But they're going to be misusing any piece of equipment, including their reins.
No, I don't particularly care for any sort of 'dressage appliance', and they all can be misused or be used as a crutch. But they do not fill me with righteous indignation, or make me want to speak with dismay about how 'others' 'don't get it'.
Since the horse's "head" should be in front of the rider I am having a hard time understanding why rider's cannot "see the head" as some have stated. Maybe they should open their eyes.
If the rider cannot see the poll of their horse while they are sitting in the saddle, maybe they should consider that the neck is overbent. Perhaps.
Edited to ad: A rider is supposed to be able to barely see the orbit of the eye and the edge of the nostril on a circle when the horse is bent properly. From that a rider should be able to tell if a horse is on or close to the vertical. Other wise, the rider is not advanced enough to be worrying about the vertical. They need to learn to follow the horse's natural gaits first before attempting to impose the aids to a large enough extent to bring a horse close or onto the vertical. Just a thought.