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What's the difference between western pleasure and just riding in a western saddle?
I've ridden western nearly my entire life. I've dabble in English, but it's been 99.9% western.
However, I never really showed western. I did 4H western for 2 years but I wouldn't call what I was doing WP...I more or less just sat there and let my horse do all the work. I used an arab for this. I doubt Sonny's ever seen the inside of a show ring or participated in a competition that wasn't speed related.
I'm asking because we recently got a WP gelding and come Spring, my mother has instructed me to figure out if he'd be a good fit for my 12 year old sister.
So. I would like to know if there's a difference or if he'll handle much different than my horse.
Both are QH's and I obviously ride western on my horse, but my horse is a speed horse so the disciplines are drastically different - or so I would assume. But I still take my horse out on the trails and he walks just fine so he's not all speed all the time.
If someone could explain the difference (if any) between recreational western riding and western pleasure that'd be marvelous.
I just want to know what to expect and what cues he may know that my barrel horse wouldn't.
For those that are curious, we plan to use him as a trail horse and my sister would be doing some 4H shows with him.