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    04-20-2010, 06:33 PM
Originally Posted by .Delete.    
I know your new Draftrider but this topic has been warnout over and over and over again.

To each is own.
Sorry Delete, I didn't know it would bother you if I asked a question I was curious about. I searched through the forum and search function and nothing I came up with pertained to my question.
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    04-20-2010, 06:36 PM
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Originally Posted by draftrider    
Sorry Delete, I didn't know it would bother you if I asked a question I was curious about. I searched through the forum and search function and nothing I came up with pertained to my question.
haha don't worry, I would call it a " sore spot" for lots of people on here, a while ago there were multiple threads going where people we bashing WP.
    04-20-2010, 07:24 PM
The WP lope used to not be like that, but its gotten worse over time. Now the standard says differantly, but it still is as the judges call it. Head down with a lurch.

Don't get me wrong, I think WP is a good sport but it has gone into a bad situation and that's why I quit riding it because I'm not dealing with any WP horse with its nose in the dirt and have it end up with spine problems. It's not worth it.

Once WP gets out of this slump, I'll start competing again.
    04-20-2010, 07:59 PM
Truth of the matter is; it doesnt matter what equine discipline you take up, you will find things you care to forget in all of them and they are all corrupt in one corner or another.

I find if you stick to your own personal morals, and make them black and white; clear as day, and you'll never go wrong.
    04-20-2010, 09:23 PM
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Leave me alone quit picking on me I just want to lope!

Sorry, I'm watching Glee right now and the power of Madonna just overcame me.
    04-20-2010, 09:23 PM
Ah yes but some disciplines are actually a major threat to my horses. I used to love competing in WP, and I still excersize my trainer's WP horses. But I refuse to breed or compete myself because I feel very strongly about this matter and the seriousness of the horse health. I know every sport has risks, and every sport has a chance of the horse going lame, but IME this sport is what has broken down and ruined most of my horses since the not-so-new head position and lurching. I had a filly who got a spinal problem from WP and she had to be put down because they couldn't save her. The vets all told me that it was because of her head being so low that she caused her own spinal injury. I was very close to that filly and she was one of the last foals out of my favorite stud horse who also died last year.

Not that I expect any of you to take my advice, because I'm most certainly not going to take anyone else's either. But I figure I'll share my experiences and offer an explanation as to why I feel this way.
    04-20-2010, 09:35 PM
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Originally Posted by farmpony84    
leave me alone quit picking on me I just want to lope!

Sorry, I'm watching Glee right now and the power of Madonna just overcame me.
LUCKY! Haha I have to wait another 2 and a half hours to watch glee
    04-21-2010, 12:34 AM
Hehe, I'm watching Glee right now :)
    04-21-2010, 01:03 AM
Green Broke
I loved that glee! Lol back on topic.....
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    04-21-2010, 01:29 AM
Sorry for adding more to a thread that is touching so many nerves.

But doesn't the end result of the horse industry fall on the owners? If we keep allowing the trainers to "train" our horses in these fad gaits, the shows will never improve. The WP pleasure gaits were not "created" over night and they won't be fixed over night. We have the power to say no to this type of trainer and take our business elsewhere. If we as breed association members keep allowing the judges to get away with placing 4-beat lope horses whose noses are still on the ground over an equally good 3-beat lope horse with a good frame, the shows will never get better. Honestly though, the biggest loser here is the horse. Too many horses have shortened show careers due to injury because of these "fad" gaits.

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