Originally Posted by toto
I only get on ya because I like ya so don't be offended-- but the horse that was tail swishing wasnt in a warm up pen it was being lunged- like you said about your younger mare- she's fresh lazy and don't wanna do nothin.
And no animal moves like the horses in wp --not the way they are movin now.. not even close! You slow me a horse that's not trained to move that slow and does it naturally! Not with that broken leg four beat lope theyre doing now.. not with their necks draggin the dirt-- I hear the aqha banned havin a horses head lower than the wither because it aint natural- they want a straight neck not a horse that is bowing.. its not the horses faults but the judges pinnin horses like that aint right! Sorry.
Well, if you are familiar with my stand on WP, you would know I advocate for a strong moving, correctly collected, on the vertical and soft horse, without the neck lower than the withers. I do not ever want to see a peanut roller.
However, you can't train that sort of gait into a horse. It has to be bred. Yes, by humans selectively, however you can't take any horse and say "Hmm, I'd like to train it for pleasure" if we could, I'd love to do it with my little cow pony mare, because she is a ROUGH ride!
For example, watch this guy.
Even just free in the pasture Zips Chocolate Chip shows a typical pleasure horse gait. Sure, you can doll it up, slow it down or speed it up in some cases, but that same smooth jog and lope are still bred into that stud.