The ultimate...totilas at his best......
Totilas is injured again, this was a few months ago. Hoepfully he is healed by now. He has a piece of equipment called a Rolkur or Rollkur, not sure of spelling. It is used to make the horse arch its neck, some cases it restricts proper breathing ability.
Rolkur is much the same as any other 'extreme' in other horse disciplines, such as the Big Lick, Peanut Rolling, Polling. Taking a desired trait in the show ring for that discipline and exaggerating it to the point of making it abuse for the horse to get an extreme.This is why I said that until we can remove the human cruelty factor out of the equation, any tool can be abused.Dressage at it's most basic is to see the horse light on his front end, engaged from his hindquarters, submissive and calm to the bit. With big, long horses like Zenyatta and Ebby (possibly CoZ some day) employing the fundamental desired attributes of dressage, light in the front, balance from the rear, work with the rider's hands don't fight it, are tools to help get a well balanced racehorse.
Was rolkur being used in the video Kathleen posted?