Originally Posted by draftrider
And see that is one thing I noticed, the WP loping horses don't look happy. My horses- are happy.
This is a little bit of an unfair statement I think. My pleasure horses aren't unhappy, just because a horse has its head down doesn't mean its sad...I get why they may look that way to you, but its unfair to say the WP horses are all unhappy
I even read where they cut the nerves in their tails so they hang straight down and can't swish them if they get tired or irritated.
It's called blocking, and its illegal in AQHA. They don't exactly cut the nerves, they inject an alochol solution that numbs the nerves. Generally it wears off after a year or two. Some people REALLY over do it and get their horses tail done multiple times in a year which is REALLY bad.
Not to mention they want people to ride with a completely slack rein, so they teach them to stop when you spur them.
I mean really, that's just... wrong.
Why is it wrong? How it is wrong? Spurs aren't evil, they don't even break the skin when used right. On my pleasure horses you can get them to stop without spurs, its still called "spur stopping" because of the technique.
To ask my horse to stop all I have to do is slightly lean back in the saddle. I hardly even use the reins anyway, mine are trained to voice and leg commands. I know not everyone does things the same, and opinions are just like bum bums- but it just seems to me that we'd have happier, healthier horses if we were a bit more considerate of their health, especially their long term health.
How is spur stopping harmful to their health. I'm sorry I'm not being rude (just more blunt ahha).
Don't take what I said in anyway rude. Just want to show you that while you may not like the look of it, its not all bad you know. Just because we do things differently doesn't make it wrong.
There are WP people who do over do it. But the top WP horses, the best of the best are living the high life. These horses are pampered to the extreme. And when we are talking about these horses going slow is VERY natural for them.
I think you really need to ride a good one to gain an appreciation, its something that when you aren't used to it does look really funny.
I think a lot of people base their opinions of what they see at the Open show/lower level AQHA shows. If you watch the big shows, while the horses are going slow you see many more that are much more fluid in their movement and more natural.
Obviously their are people in the sport (even top trainers) who do questionable things, but that's any event.
Please don't think my WP horses are unhappy just because they want to go slow and put their head down.