Okay , so I've been riding for about 10 years , and pretty much the entire time I've been primarily English. About 3 years ago I moved to a small town that's ALL western . Barrel racing & roping is the BIG thing here , and so is absolute stupididty & ignorance when it comes to horses .. For example : I don't know one person who considers trotting a horse when warming up. & I mean I've litterally seen 3 people actually trot their horses , and two of them was because they were riding very young green horses. About 7 out of 10 horses I see are dead lame , and are still being ran !!! The first time I went to a gymkhana here , a horse went trotting by the stands across the cement and gravel and I could visibly see it's head bobbing up and down , and I looked over at my mom and said "That horse is lame ..." and the girl sitting above us leaned down and said "Oh , she's Buted" .. Like it's litterally just normal to Bute up a DEAD lame horse and run it ... Makes me SICK , not to mention that NO person ( But 2) have I ever seen adequately warm up their horse . Everyday I ride this is what I see : Horse unloaded from the trailer , saddle thrown on , bridle on , (sometimes boots) , get on , walk into the arena , walk about 10 feet and start cantering , then either canter until the horse is dripping sweat and then start RUNNING threw patterns (these horses are NEVER ridden but MAYBE once a week so they're not in shape for this type of work ) OR , they come in , canter a little circle and start running threw patterns . This leads me to believe that this is why 7 out of 10 horses are LAME here . So I would like to know what other horse riders think about this & share with me ( I'm going to post all the responses on FB so they all can see what others say since they think I'm crazy for trotting my horse) - how important is it to TROT a horse when warming up ?
--Thanks everybody !!