For many years (while growing up) I was mostly in breed specific show barns. Then years later I went to a multi discipline show barn but it was very separate. In other words, English horses, mostly Arabs, Saddlebreds, Morgans, Andalusians etc... were on one side of the barn. On the other side, were the Quarterhorses, Apps etc... In the middle was 2 very large indoor arenas. Oddly enough, people tended to stay in "their areas" in the arena too.
It was as if, stock type horses were Oil and English type horses were water and they couldn't mix. I always thought that strange but, it was just how it was. I am a yappy person and will talk to just about anyone. One day I was standing there watching the barrel racing gals do their thing in the arena and I thought "that looks like fun" so I asked if I could join in.
I know that most of them thought I was nuts with my snorting Saddlebred and my flat saddle but the "big dog" the one that was sort of looked up to by the others said "yeah, give it a go." I ran around the barrels with my snorting horse and though it wasn't pretty the first time, the barrel lady gave me some pointers and I went again. This time, it was better. Not easy to spin around barrels with a flat saddle I might add. Ha ha
Anyway, I gained an appreciation for "other disciplines" and though My Park horse friends though me nuts, I really enjoyed that barrel experience. I have tried a few other things of course over the years. Dressage, Enlish horse western and jumping ( I loved that)
I do not however know a lot about some disciplines and have always wondered. I have leaned in my old age to "never say never" as what I thought I would never be interested in, I now am. I never thought I would want a Quarterhorse but I have seen several as of late that I would like very much. At least, I think I would. I am concerned about the downhill build of many of the Quarterhorses.
So Why are so many Quarter horses down hill? What is the purpose of that conformation? In Western Pleasure classes the heads of the horses are carried so low, is there a practical reason for that? Same goes for HUS classes. This is where I think I might like to give it a go.
I love all the Western outfits too but it seems the styles change so frequently and the tack alone can be very very expenisive.
So, if you show in Western or HUS would you mind talking a little about it? What do you love about it? What is the biggest challenge? What would you like others to know about it?