Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
And it's exactly why a Saddlebred will never make a good Western Pleasure horse. For virtually any discipline, the breed that will excell is the breed that has been delibrately bred to have conformation that makes it easiest to perform that discipline.
Most of the breed associated disciplines also have questionable methods - for example, every single Saddleseat horse will have been trained with chains and weights to pick their legs up. Not everyone sores horses, but everyone uses the "bracelets" to make them pick their feet up, also bungee cords tying the front legs together. I don't personally know what I make of it - isn't natural movement enough? But Western Pleasure has it's own questionable practices for making horses go so slow, so you'll find it everywhere and it's up to you to judge for yourself.
I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.