Originally Posted by OTTB
I'm going to let this thread go. There are many people in this thread who are unable to give valid advice without getting overly emotional and threatening violence, having melt downs (EXCUSE ME?), and being generally hostile to someone because they're unable to hold a reasonable and mature discussion.
Come to think about it, this is the attitude that I've had experience with in person at Western shows and people wonder why I don't like Western sports. At least at English shows when someone gets snotty it's obvious that they're 15 years old and their mother is looking incredibly embarrassed over their daughters behavior.
Wow, now there is a snobby attitude if you ask me!! Calling the kettle black.
Anyway, any well trained western horse can also do hunt seat. US snobby western people DO like a versatile horse...it's not ALL about going slow all the time...they CAN move out when asked. My WP horse does hunt seat as well..he's got more speeds at each gait than an 18 wheeler has gears. Does he like someone taking up miles of contact and hanging on his mouth? Well, no....I don't know any horse that does. He's not fond of snaffle bits...would MUCH rather be in a curb bit.
I also don't think this horse has a spur stop. If you buried your spurs OR your lower legs real hard with an even squeeze....he WOULD stop on a dime. There is nothing wrong with a spur stop horse; I wouldn't have it any other way. The spur is just an "extension" of your leg for refinement, so what's the big deal. It also comes in handy if you have a beginner on the horse...a big squeeze is an emergency brake, because most beginners DO SQUEEZE (in an effort to stay on) should something happen.