I'm sure some of you might think that this thread is critical of Western Pleasure. FAR FROM IT!! I think that ALL of us have happily ridden WP at some time in our lives, and I am now JUST a pleasure rider....unless one of my geldings proves talented.
The question is WHY, after years and years of sitting the slow jog, are ALL of these trainers and everybody else posting a WP horse's trot with a saddle that has a horn?
I had never heard of this until the past few years. DH and I even did some film-making and in one scene my character (cross-dressed, based on "As You Like It") rode "Western" (1880 period) posting the trot, something ONLY an "Easterner" would have done, hence the visual joke. Certainly NOT a Rough Rider or the "The Virginian." It was an inside joke, but today Nobody would get it. =/
OK, post the trot. I took Hunter lessons and I am comfortable posting. What I DON'T like is the idea of hitting that horn, which I do NOT use since I don't own a cow horse or cattle.
I've seen this:
Steele Mountaineer Trail Saddle
I think it makes a great saddle. I may want to buy one, judging by the word of mouth press.
Why, if the fashion is to post your WP horse's trot, have the saddles not eliminated that horn?
I'm just missing some of the history, so chime in and fill in the gaps for me.