The ongoing discussion about hyperflexion, rollkur and excessive pressure in horse sports can be addressed by this simple quote from Frédéric Pignon from the new book, Gallop to Freedom:
What people do not appreciate is that every time a horse submits to pressure, whether subtle or overt, he is diminished. Probably the great majority of people who achieve their own ends by making their horse submit are not even aware of what they have done. It is a sad fact that a horse can be made to do many things by breasking his will. If he can be persuaded to give his assent freely and pleasurably rather than give into man’s pressure or clever techniques, he is not diminished.
Bonnie over at Alderlore posted this quote as punctuation to a fabulous series on CATCHING YOUR HORSE. Randy Snider, have you been reading?