Calling something effeminate is ignorant and rather Neanderthal. I thought much better of you
We must learn to divorce our arguments from intended ad hominems. I thought better of you too. Try to convince me of the correctness of your view, dont try to ridicule me into seeing your point, its gonna have the opposite effect. (My new mantra is"First guy to lose his or her cool has lost the game")
My opinion is based upon 30 years of experience living among dressage havens, carriage teams and dray horse competition, all srrounded by AMish who use horses like real tools, its still mychoice and observation.
Id put up any average Amish farm kids horse handling skills against most of these dandied overdressed horse toppers.
The competition is hardly based upon a n exceptionally skilled athlete , its more like the subjectivity of Olympic Ice dancing and figure skating except the horse is the athlete.
Most of these horses know their routines and many times I see, at my beighbors, where a trainer keeps a horse on a long tether and the hrse goes through the gate walks WITH NO RIDER ATOP.
That is quite telling.