Farmpony I never said I was against spurs, or that I thought it was cruel, I said I thought it was counterproductive to teach a horse to stop when he is spurred, because the vast majority of the world uses spur pressure as a cue to more faster.
Spurs are not used to make a horse go faster if used properly. They are used to convey a cue. Shift their hip move over or something similar. Never for speed.
As to putting what you see in the show ring on the owners. That is BS. First it does not matter what the owners do if their horses do not win it changes nothing. NO one will ever see it. No one will ever know. It will influence no one.
Where it really lies in with the judges. If the judges placed the properly moving horses, ones with their heads in the correct position and not the peanut rollers. Things would change faster then anything. The problem with disciplines like WP is that they place horses 1st 2nd and so on. A horse that places first is only better then the other horses in that group to show that day. This makes it really hard to judge how good they really are. Also it is hard to change things. The judge can only judge what is in front of him. So if they are all moving poorly with head in the dirt then that is all he has. When it comes to looking at the show results there is no way to know how good those horses really are. It was just that they where the best that day.