Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Olds Alberta Canada
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Well, lets go back to where peanut rolling came from
Back in the 70s and early 80s there really were no strong pleasure horse lines, then along came horses like Zippo Pine Bar and Dynamic Deluxe, horses that had a natural level top line, that moved slow legged and flat kneed and they started to win
Then followed the very usual human reaction-if something is good, more is better
Thus heads got lower, beyond the point where a horse can move at his best, and horses without the albilty or training were forced to move slower, esp at the lope, where they could maintain a true three beat lope, thus we then had peanut rollers and four beaters
Western pl got a lot of flack, thus the industry started to clean up it's act. The NSBA was formed, to set new standards for the pleasure horse industry-standards that the major stock horse breeds adopted
The actual rule is that the tip of the ears cannont be below the level of the whithers for more than 5 consecuative strides, or it is a disqualification.
That means horses without steady head sets can still get their head below that level ,and as long as it is not for more than 5 strides, won't be disqualified, although they will be marked down
Now sometimes it comes to a judgement call, as ajudge has to use what is put in front of him.
So, which horse do you penalize more-a horse that has his head just a tad too low, according to NSBA rules, but is a great and steady mover, or a horse unable to rate speed on a loose rein with head up, heavy on the forehand?
I'd pick that horse with the head a tad too low every time over the poor mover with head up, doing laps.
Face is to be on the verticle, or slightly ahead, never behind, as that is considered a seriosu fault.