Originally Posted by floored
That's his trainer riding in that video, but honestly it looks like there's a lot of contact but trust me he's riding with a pretty light hand, just looks like theres a lot of contact because we don't show with a ton of drape like the stock breeds do. Although, there are quite a few people who show their western arabs on a very direct rein out there (I wish they wouldn't)
Do you need that much rein though to keep the lope slow or is it just style?
I rode a morgan once that was fine as long as you kept a shorter rein so you could rate his speed, you didnt need contact persay just a shorter rein for a quicker connection; but on a long droopy rein he just never stayed slow... but he wasnt mine, and I didn't train him... he just belonged to a family member. I think he pulled carts and did english pleasure classes both at morgan shows.
Nice horse for the time he was showing, but that was years ago (horse is near his 30s now) so I'm sure he would look like crap today lol.
Everything is just so specialized in ALL breeds.... that's what I wish would change.