Originally Posted by Cowgirl140ty
Now... I was told bythis trainer that an english horse's poll should never be below their withers... however.. at all the shows I have been to and videos I just watched on another thread of the QH congress/world show.. the english horses move like WP horses!
Now she was shown in a small show and placed 2nd and 3rd in HUS and equitation... with my limited knowledge of english training.
So is that how they should look... or is the trainer Im working with correct?
As already posted you will need to know just what circuit you are showing.
In true English HUS classes the head neck will never be below the withers. If you understand just where hunting horses came from and what they were used for throughout history no self respecting horse would travel like that over rough terrain or be able to jump fences in that position.
The western world has answered a call from their members that wanted to mimic what is done in the English world but they are set on having a low head carriage that is taken from the western pleasure. So by placing an English saddle on basically a western pleasure horse and moving it out a bit more and being judged by the SAME
judges that judge western pleasure it is only natural you get little or no difference.
So you will have to decide where your horse fits. A video might help to see if you are on the right track.