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.
"SUCCESS is not what horse you have . . . but what you do with that horse."