English is not my first language. I had to translate everything from the original video (which is in spanish). Tried my best trying to correct spelling and how words were being used.
This video was made with the sole purpose of educating people about some of the most common methods being used to train horses to “dance” or piaffe. These horses by no means are Dressage horses; Most of these trainers do not base their training on the haute ecole/dressage training principles (example the German training scale/pyramid) where as a result we get what would be considered a true piaffe.
I’ve had some people complain that these video is also referring to Dressage riders. Clearing things up, each sport has it’s dark side and good side, but this video is not aiming at Dressage riders nor their ways of training horses, I’m sure we are all pretty aware of Rollkur by now, and if that where the case this video would be titled “Dressage horse cruelty”.
This video shows examples of what would be considered a proper piaffe (in case you failed to notice, most of these examples portrayed by dressage riders during the beginning and ending of the video).
The use of pillars can also be seen employed by haute ecole riders and trainers. The problem with pillars is that they inhibit a horse’s ability to go forwar and goes against basic dressage principles.The Spanish Riding School uses them only sparingly these days, for that reason. The horses that do get put in the pillars have already had a lot of schooling and outmost care. (TheFreckledWonder www.fuglyblog.com)
Even professional trainers state that using pillars with an unprepared horse can be rather “cruel” and “harsh” and should not be used unless the horse is completely prepared and knows what he is being asked to do.
This is not a form of tradition; I’ve based all the information on true facts, even took the time to talk to a historian who has been studying the history of the north east states, where it’s believed that this discipline was born. The oldest records of dancing horse training were hardly twenty years old, in the Mayan Valley in Sonora.
Dancing horses are based on a drug cartel culture, where expensive horses (most of these people spend big money importing/buying Spanish horses just for the main purpose of making them dance) and fancy tack represent money and status. They are not Charros, and even if they dress like Charros (which could be use to portray Mexico’s culture) we must all know that a real Charro is a ranch working man, who uses horses for working and a Dancing horse would be completely useless to such jobs, their saddles do not have silver platting because they would break very easily if used to lasso. (No, I won’t get into horse tripping that is a whole different subject.)
Yes there can be “good” trainers within the industry; I would like to recall these are few exceptions.
The Dancing horse Association needs to promote better treatment for animals, but it fails at doing this job. Show Rules will be translated later.
No animal cruelty laws in Mexico are ever enforced. They exist, but they are completely ignored or unheard-of.