We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Love it! Brought back "fond" memories of being sneered at by English riding instructors (trying to drill away the "sloppy" riding habits I had picked up in Argentina), also of watching one of the pups years later on her equestrian team, doing dressage.
But if you want to watch a really GORGEOUS horse doing dressage, watch this one doing hip hop. Even if you hate the lyrics (as I do), you will be delighted by how it can DANCE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knCj92zA0tU
But remember the origins of it: these were originally fighting moves. Not silly at all back when horses were the equivalent of tanks for striking terror into the infantry and when the horse's manoevres helped its master as a fighting machine. We just see the wussified peaceful version now. Just as polo is really about cavalry charges and manoevres made fun .
I remember once when I was in college seeing NYPD using mounted police on horses for crowd control at a protest that was starting to get out of control (I was an observer, not a participant). The horse would slowly sidle up to the crowd and very gently push it back. I was amazed at how the horse could be so gentle and yet so irresistible. I always wondered what would happen if someone had a stick or sharp object and tried to poke the horse, but I suspect they were trained for that too.
Once in the 1980's we were in Coney Island to go to Nathan's, and on a side street there was a mounted cop doing near world class half pass and flying changes (dressage moves required for mid level competition) with a police horse. He was doing this down the middle of a quiet street. It was a game changer for me. In my case, I did dressage until I ran out of EXTRA money. Many people around here drop up to a hundred grand a year doing it. You need a great horse, usually a European warmblood with the muscle and temperament for the discipline, a coach, a facility for boarding with an arena, a trailer, or a horse van, custom this that and the other (boots, shadbelly coat, top hat, German tack) and a huge amount of patience. The moves can take years to learn. I got lucky and worked, for a time, with a horse who had in better days competed at the Grand Prix level. He thought I was a complete idiot. Of course I was, but he was the greatest teacher I ever had on many levels. He was one smooth operator, and when he felt like it, he put me in the ribbons.