Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Northern Wisconsin
I've ridden dressage and WP horses. My horse will be trained in both. But seriously? Most WP horses aren't collected properly. Some people think there horses are collected and working off the hind-end but most are not. I've ridden a horse that was a champion is WP shows through-out the state and I can honestly say, that was one of the most uncomfortable rides I've ever had. I love both disiplines, I believe there is something to learn from each. But I believe WP riders are uneducated in the correct way to collect a horse and how to recieve collection. Its not the riders fault but it is more of an industry thing. No I'm not bashing the sport, just saying how I see things. I've seen many trainers who never allow the horses to move faster, the horses life is lived in the slow-lane. These trainers honestly think that thier horse is collected just because the horse is going slow. I mean look at dressage. Even the collected canter isn't as slow or choppy as the WP lope.
To see the wind's power, the rain's cleansing, and the sun's radiant life, one need only to look at the horse.