It is claimed that the “will”, i.e. the eagerness to move forward, is destroyed when working according to the principles of Academic riding. Do you have any experience regarding this phenomenon? Is the decreased “will” maybe a result of default training/riding… and not at all related to the “Academic approach” ? Personally I think this is the case. But on the other hand I have never heard about an Icelandic horse that has been trained in Academic riding to get top marks in competitions at high level… But then – I’m just an amateur! What do I know! Maybe you could comment!