This thread is very interesting! I was looking at videos on youtube very recently and was very disappointed that all the HUS and English Pleasure videos looked just like western pleasure horses!
I know there are people on this forum that defend the WP frame and gaits and that's fine - to each their own - but I'm really not a fan and have no interest watching horses stumble around like they've been demoralized
I always expected HUS to be energetic, forward and was under the impression that HUS horses were preparing for the jumping ring or at least should look like it? In short, I had the same disappointment as the OP.
Some of the posts about quarter horses is actually why I always was so disinterested about the breed. I don't like the QH "culture" or shows or the western style that is so commonly associated with them. I never in my life thought I would own a quarter horse for those reasons but I've discovered they can be very versatile and my guy is training for dressage, has energetic gaits and does not ride with his nose in the dirt!