I love western pleasure and my horses all love doing their job, even if they don't have their head and tails in the air with a big fat smile on their face. It's a very difficult discipline (when done right), so I take a lot of pride in training something very difficult to do. The ride is very pleasurable for me. The horse is moving balanced, slow, collected, and feels like an absolute dream in the saddle. My cues are so minute and the horse is very responsive. I quite like having an elegant lope around the arena on a relaxed, yet collected horse versus galloping headlong around the arena. I just hate having a lot of speed. I don't like speedy horses, TBs, Arabians, or anything that moves fast with a lot of knee action. So western pleasure is very comfortable for me and makes me incredibly happy. My horses are well taken care of and LOVE to show. My last gelding was so competitive that he would instinctively slow up if he approached another rider because he simply did not want to pass them! I had to force him to pass other horses, just as I had to force him to pick his head off the ground because he loved to put it waaay too low naturally.