Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
It isn't backwards for Western Pleasure.
I don't do WP, but if I showed up in my normal riding attire - old boots, jeans, Aussie saddle, T-shirt, etc - I'd be graded down too. I wear a helmet too, and at any of the higher levels, I'd expect to be graded down for it. I don't know what percentage of WP riders have been killed during high level competition, but I'd bet it is rather LOW....
The wussiefication of society needs to end.
"People can teach us the rules, but only horses can teach us the art of riding."