Now don't get me wrong. I am not blaming internet message boards for all of my most stupid dressage mistakes. One doesn't blame tequila for the fact that they danced naked in the halls of South residence during frosh week. They just go "woah. I should really do my very best to stay away from tequila" then thank whoever it is they pray to that Facebook and digital photography didn't exist in the early 90's.
But wow, when I headed off down the dressage pathway, the stuff I read there without a doubt lead to the biggest and best "head in the toilet, what the hell was I thinking, did I just barf in my car" versions of dressage hangover stupid moves that occurred along the way. Ultimate Dressage is hands down the worst, but Chron of Horse has it's days, and the local EMG of course gave me the resources needed to meet up with weirdos in person.
"No matter how well you perform there's always somebody of intelligent opinion who thinks it's lousy." - Laurence Olivier
There are times when reading some of the posts that I too wonder if the OP's have ever had a lesson, cracked a book, or read any of the great magazines (There I said it!) that are nowadays available. The good info is all out there, however, I will say, that anyone intending to interpret it usually needs someone to help do so.
I have found that many of the responses on this BB are thoughtful, usually quite accurate, and that some are especially so.
However, it is sometimes difficult to sift the gold from the occasional dross. I cannot but agree that good professional help is mandatory for those who really want to progress, as difficult as that may be for those residing in some locales.
So to him/her that occasioned this thread, I applaud their ability to locate and afford great instruction, but would rather it didn't go their head, mouth, or in this case fingers on the keyboard.
Some riders change their horse, they change their saddle, they change their teacher; they never change themselves.
I am so happy this thread was started -- that blog is awesome! Totally have done the whole classical European with Lusitanos lesson thing!
Blogger lady who must be all over this thread about her -- don't ever change!
Last edited by GimmeQs; Nov. 24, 2011 at 11:41 AM.