I don't get it. Why that slow, stilted lope? Is that really pleasurable to ride or for the horse to perform? Every video I've seen of a western pleasure lope looks so... painful. Like the horse is rocked way forwards and making mincing little steps.
Western pleasure for me has a totally different meaning- I really doubt working cowboys rode at that funny little gait. I have certainly never seen any horse of mine traveling at that slow lope out in the pasture. It looks like it takes more energy to do it than it is worth.