Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: ~*~ NEBRASKA ~*~
I rode in the 80's and early 90's. I remember "peanut rolling" was still the "in" thing for western pleasure (I hated it), and lot of western pleasure riders would "bump" their horse which seem to me like you were suddenly yanking a rein. I did WP for only a year or so before switching to HUS so not sure about the "bumpin."
HUS was more "pure" to me then all across he breeds. The horses moved out with light contact and you wanted a nice balanced mount. In the show ring we road as if were going to go over a jump, even in flat class. Nowadays In AQHA and APHA classes I have noticed that the HUS classes are ridden the same as WP so much that they look like a WP horse with Hunter Tack. Even the reins are practically dropped. I think it's a sad sad change. A hunter goes over fences when at "the hunt." You can't go over a fence when you are in a rocking horse WP canter with our nose at our knees!
The shows I participated in back in the day, with the exception of trail and fences, were all just w/t/c classes on the rail. Usually with a halt and reverse. Then you were judged. Now there are a lot of patterns, etc to be judged on instead, although there are still the old style rail classes too.
The way we see our horses has changed. Back then if they didn't stop, you put a harsher bit on them. If they didn't go, you put pointier spurs on. If they acted up, you sent them back to the trainer who usually ran their butt off in a round pen. Now we look for WHY the horse is doing whichever behavior and try to change what is wrong. Supplements, massage, chiro, etc. We never had a chiropractor out for our horse back in the 80's!
Last edited by Cinnys Whinny; 11-21-2013 at 06:29 PM.