Just wondering if anyone here has been watching the show "America's Favorite Trail Horse" on HRTV?
I can't say it's inspired me to want to shell out any money to participate in ACTHA rides, especially considering that even the "experts/judges" seem to know next to nothing about gaited horses or how they're supposed to move. A couple of times, I've heard them comment that they thought a gaited horse was "rushing" a bit, or should have a lower and more relaxed headset.
Uhhh. . .maybe it would be "rushing" if it was a stock horse, but that's the way the gaited horse is supposed to move.
But it is entertaining. . .in a frightening accident-waiting-to-happen kind of way. Maybe they've never taken a riding lesson in their lives, and maybe they don't think they need to, but bad riding is still bad riding whether you're in a flat arena or the open trail.