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    09-28-2012, 03:50 PM
Other wise we should call the discipline "Western"
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    09-28-2012, 03:51 PM
And to add to my opinion about the old time cowboy movie stars and the lack of riding ability....John Wayne rode a sorrel horse with a white face in alot of his movie. Sad thing is, the horse developed a problem of head shaking (up/down), DUE TO being yanked on by movie stars who don't know how to ride!
    09-28-2012, 03:52 PM
Green Broke
How is it not now????

I HIGHLY doubt that every single WP rider in the ring hates life and would rather be doing ANYTHING ELSE...if they didnt like it....then don't show in it.

WP horses are BRED for WP...they are bred to move like that...i doubt they really HATE life either.
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    09-28-2012, 03:57 PM
Roperchick, if your having such a good time why are you being so defensive.
    09-28-2012, 04:06 PM
Green Broke
WP means Western Pleasure right? Then where is the pleasure if both the horse and rider look like neither are having any fun and have just given up.
blanket statements like this are what make me "defensive"....
Sorry I enjoy the disipline and I don't sit back and listen to people trash something I love?

Theres this thing called "proffesionalism" so no. Riders don't always go in all smiles and do-gooder. Their in a competition being proffesional and concentrating on doing their JOB.

Roperchick, if your having such a good time why are you being so defensive.
oh YAY. Another blanket statement....
1. Youve never seen me ride so theres a good chance you have no idea whether I "enjoy it" or not.
2. People defend things the love when somebody attacks it.....human nature. Im not going to apologize for defending a disipline I enjoy.
3. Why do you have to turn it on me being "defensive" in the first place?
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    09-28-2012, 04:10 PM
Ok so it isn't wp western pleasure it in fact it's called western "proffesionalism"
I stand corrected.
    09-28-2012, 04:18 PM
Originally Posted by Roperchick    
how is it not now????

I HIGHLY doubt that every single WP rider in the ring hates life and would rather be doing ANYTHING ELSE...if they didnt like it....then don't show in it.

WP horses are BRED for WP...they are bred to move like that...i doubt they really HATE life either.
I think my post was lost.

Again I ask -- could you break it down more so that someone unfamiliar with WP has an understanding of the skill required? How do you train, what's going on that we can't see?

Someone else posted that WP horses are shut down -- do you agree? What so you attribute that to?
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    09-28-2012, 04:19 PM
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.
    09-28-2012, 04:23 PM
Now that was a response!

Thanks :) we're totally opposite! Maybe that is where I "don't get it". The whatever it is fires in my brain sending happy signals is just not the same as yours and other WP fans. (Which is okay!) but at least now I can get a sense of where you're coming from.
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    09-28-2012, 04:48 PM
Over the many many years I have discovered that there is western pleasure and western pleasure show. I know many judges who do not like peanut pushers to the point they are throwing their stride off to the point they look like they are limping or going to trip over their noses. They should have a nice slow lope comfortable to sit, easy jog no posting needed. And a lazy type of walk. Personally I don't like my horses head down to much I get the feeling I'm going to slide off but then again it's a balance issue for me that do to inner ear damage can't be fixed.

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