The thing I don't understand with all of this is how Jessa had time to go to every single WP horse and rider to ask if they're happy with their discipline or choice of showing.. Girl, you're good.
On a serious note.. How are you so positive they are just miserable with their job? Those horses are bred for that, and those traits (gaits, low head set, and such) are bred into those horses. It's a natural thing for them, training just emphasizes that and gets the desired outcome with the horse and rider. I've been in plenty of WP training situations. My aunt and uncle were WP, EP, showmanship, hunt seat, reining and halter trainers before they divorced a few years ago. I had to ride anywhere from 5-10 WP horses a day every summer working for them and not one of those horses hated their job. Half of the horses at their barn were worth more than I make in a year and were treated like royalty.
I haven't read this whole thread but I can imagine the bashing and such that has gone on against all WP horses, trainers, owners - whatever. Unless you have that first hand experience in a situation with WP horses, trainers, owners - whatever, you have not a single clue as to what you are ASSUMING and ranting about. Go spend a few days in a WP situation or barn, get into it, take a few lessons..Something for you to even make a halfass educated response to this thread.
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