Originally Posted by sandsarita
That is one of the "been there done that" horses that has been around, winning, for years. His lope is a little sped up to change leads, but when he slows down he keeps that same cadence.
How about this guy (they start with the riding at about 2:00). I just wish I could find a video of his mama, who in my opinion is one of the best WP horses out there. YouTube - Invest N Vital Signs
Or this guy YouTube - ONE HOT KRYMSUN - Three Moments In Time
These are two of the horses people are trying to make their horses go like; unfortunately, most just aren't capable. I wish people would start showing their horse to the best of their ability.
I couldn't get the "Lope on In" video to play for me, it just buffered and buffered, so I can't comment on that one.
So sorry if I offend someone (or maybe not, maybe folks need a wake-up call) but Invest N Vital Signs looks crippled and short strided at the lope to me. Like he can't get his hind end underneath him and he has to hop around in order to get enough impulsion to move forward. I hope my horses never lope this way.
One Hot Krymsun. You know what, even though it's slow, this horse actually lopes and doesn't look stiff or crippled. Wow, I didn't think a horse could lope so slow and still look "normal" but this one can pull it off. It doesn't seem to have that funky extra beat that most of them have, and it isn't hopping from lack of forward impulsion either. That's an improvement!
PS. I still say a Western Pleasure horse should move like a reining horse without the spins and sliding stops. Now those horses look like a pleasure to ride! A touch of speed with perfect responsiveness and total control and finesse. That is what a "normal" very well trained western horse should move like in my eyes. Maybe I am just a speed demon. Nah, horses just look better when they move with speed and grace!