What I have noticed at one AQHA show here is the announcer asking for a "lope with a forward motion", however the four beaters are still winning the class over the "ones with a forward motion", my guess is judges that day still wanted to see the stupid slow horses as their winners (not saying they are stupid as in stupid, but like really really slow motion = stupid slow.. follow me? Haha)..
I wish my iphone wasnt updating at the moment, I have some videos showing a very unhappy paint (my last paint I owned) at the lope that's mega pissed because the trainer has her spur dug into his side to slow him down.. His tail was always quiet if you left him alone, but once she pushed that hip over you could see he was far from happy and he could never show in a class like that. His jog was also slower than his walk (but that could be because of how lame he was) and he rode with his nose in the dirt.. after showing at Gold n Grand I realized I didn't want a horse like that anymore, riding with massive slack in the reins wasn't cool (esp when he spooked and went just about out of control, his spur stop didn't do a dang thing at that point, I even have that on video!). I'm just glad I'm not working with horses like that anymore. That's me though, not judging anyone here.
Hermano Rojo - my 10 year old Half Arabian gelding, the love of my "Arabian Horse" life!