Just because one particular discipline might not be your cup of tea doesn't mean you have discredit those who work hard and honestly to be on top of their game!
What is you chosen discipline, if you don't mind me asking?
I ride western, at home, in the bush, for fun. No showing. No competition. Sometimes on the road. Sometimes for 1/2 hr. Sometimes for several hours.
I don't have anything against WP at all. I think it's wonderful when done correctly just like any other discipline. And there were some riders and horses there that were easy to watch. What I saw that bothered me was not smooth, was not effortless. I tried to find a similar video to demonstrate, but so far haven't been able to. I'll look again.
Now to your responses:
most riding is strenuous, and, IMO WP doesn't even make anywhere near the top of the list. Do you complain when a horse is cutting cows, jumping 5 foot, eventing, or reining? Yes, they look mechanical which I guess to some translates into "painful", but it is far, far, far from abuse! Most of those horses are BRED to go low and slow like that. We had a WP horse at my barn and while he did a 3 beat lope he could make ANYONE look like a rider!
I guess you thought that when I said it was "hard on the horse" you thought I meant strenuous. That's not really right insofar as physical exertion. I mean it appeared to be physically "not right." Something like, it is strenuous for a gymnast to complete a floor performance, but it is not right for a gymnast to perform a movement that causes her legs to be at more than 180* (ie. An over-split). Or it is strenuous for a horse to run a race, but it is hard on a horse to run at full speed for over 1/2 hour. Does that make more sense?
are you blaming WP for this? It sounds like poor coaching to me!! Again, you can find it at any show
No. Not at all. Did I saw I was? Did I even indicate if the lady was riding Western or English? No, I did not. I'm well aware that poor riding skills can be found at any show; as can good skills which is why I like to watch. I agree -- poor coaching for that lady; if she had any at all. Maybe she was learning on her own. I dunno... I didn't ask. I don't like to ask or intervene unless I really feel a need because people quickly get defensive.
its sad that you would think you "wasted your time". I can find something to learn every time I watch a trainer train, ride a new horse or go to a horse show. Yeah, WP is no doubt boring but it take skill!
Where did I say I wasted my time? I didn't. I missed out on some good stuff because I couldn't get my focus away from the bad stuff. So instead, I went home and did a lot of productive and positive stuff there. No time was wasted; an opportunity for me to learn was, solely because of my lack of tolerance. I also don't think WP is boring. And I do think it takes skill.
Wow, where did you get so defensive about WP?