Originally Posted by dbarabians
NO my european friends are not WP riders.
I however was until the mid 80s when the peanut roller trend and all the silver really turned me off. Seeing better riders and horses place lower because their owners did not wish to spend 5-10,000$ on a silver saddle or force their horses head to the ground while they stumbled around an arena showed me what was imoortant in the WP classes. Trends not substance.
My family has raised QH's for years since before I was born and I am 53.
The arabian WP classes are even more enamored of silver trappings than the stock breeds.
I understand that people are breeding these horses for that class.
IMO it is limiting pleasure bred horses to those classes only and just like halter horses most will not be able to be a versatile animal outside the arena.
I will not beed, sell, or have a horse trained for the class.
I will watch the new ranch pleasure classes as I and my family still own QH's and I do breed half arabians.
Horse have 3 gaits walk trot gallop unless they are gaited.
Are we now raising QHs and paints to walk, jog, trot, lope, gallop? If so it is news to me. Shalom
But you are talking about the 80's! Things have changed since then. Yea, it was bad in the 80's...it was terrible, but it has gotten so much better. If a horse from the 80's were showing today...it would be DQ'd the minute it jogged into the arena. I've seen MANY of those "flashback" horses get the gate at AQHA shows (first hand mind you) the last few years. So, what I do is think about what it is like NOW compared to what it WAS. I don't dwell on what was, but I DO care about what it is now and the future.
And yes, they ARE training horses to do all those gaits. But you have been out of the loop, so maybe that is why you don't know that. Not being snarky just saying if you have been following WP and staying current year to year, you wouldn't be asking that question.