Today for Tough Topic Thursday, we're going to discuss Thinking Objectively and Critically.
We're going to start with why ribbons and titles today, especially in dressage, don't mean squat. I get told all the time "Oh but my trainer or this rider has loads of ribbons or world titles so they must be doing really well!"
Do tell me, what is so great or delightful about the bottom images? Overbent, open mouths, excessive curb pressure. As you can see from the top images, all of these horses/riders have won awards in the absolute highest level of dressage sport. This poor form is what is being rewarded. That means those ribbons mean NOTHING as far as how objectively good their riding/routines are. Anky Van Grunsven, pictured on the right, literally TAUGHT A CLINIC ON LDR while she was at the peak of her career.
If you want to defend someone, defend them objectively. Do they have soft hands? Is their horse always at or slightly above the vertical? Perhaps their extended trot is extremely well engaged and actually extended. "Well they have ribbons" isn't an objective defense.
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