At any rate. I used to tune out all the modern vs classical debates and the whole "sustainable dressage" website and other than laughing my ass off at the Dressage Curmudgeon, I stayed out of it.
But dammit, now it's my fight.
So here I am, bringing the best I've got. My #1 complaint and the biggest issue I see in modern dressage that is going to be hotly contested going forward:
|pictured: enough shit to go fourth level. WUT|
I mean. Watch a dressage test. ANY dressage test. What shit do they have?
A bridle (black).
A saddle (usually black).
A saddle pad (usually white).
There isn't even much variation in half pads.
NO FUN STRAPS.
NO COOL BITS.
This, my friends, is a problem if you are a tack ho like me. Do you know how many white saddle pads a person can own?
Like two. Maybe. Who the hell needs more than two?
Same with black bridles.
|STRAPS AND STUFF|
In jumpers, it's more like a contest to see how many cool bits and straps and boots and just plain SHIT you can fit on a single horse and still get around a course. And then eventers roughly double that, plus do two more disciplines with attendant shit. IT'S SO MUCH SHIT. TACK HO HEAVEN.
But noooooooo not dressage. Nope. We get monochromatic boringness. What.