Originally Posted by texasgal
IMO .. just like in some other disciplines .. there was some horse that won because he XYZ'd .. so the next guy tried to get his horse to XYZ. Before you know it, it's taken to the extreme ..
Example: WP horses. When SLOOOOOOOOW horses started winning WP, everyon slowed their horses down until many jog in the back during a lope and walk in the back during a jog... and few look natural.
Then low headed horses started winning so people started trying to get their horses heads to be lower than the next guy. What we end up with is a "winning" horse that would have a hard time doing the job it was originally created for.
It's the same thing with "high stepping" .. or any other "winning" movement .... It's like a "fad gone wild" for the sake of "winning" ...
All my opinion .. of course.
Yep, that's exactly what it is.
Same thing that happened to many breeds of dog in the conformation show ring. The "breed standard" is being taken to the extreme and then rewarded by judges, so people start to aim for that extreme.
Before you know it, the "show" animal can no longer do the job it was originally intended to do.