Originally Posted by draftrider
That makes sense. .
To me Western Pleasure is taking your horse out for a gallop in a field, popping over a few logs, trotting down the road, crossing a little stream etc. and just enjoying a beautiful day.
Well, I can honestly tell you there is nothing like training on the trail.
Sadly, not everyone shares this opinion and they feel like a stall kept, micro managed horse is better for them.
I was told;
Western Pleasure was based upon way back when...when cowboys still roped cows all day... they always took their finest, smoothest, fanciest horse into town (usually not the one they chased cows with all day), the horse was also your wifes horse or one safe for the kiddies... this was the 'pleasure horse'... however they have long gotten away from that...
However its a good class for chickens like me who don't want to chase any cows down or rope anything bigger and stonger than a hay bale.