Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Middle of Nowhere, Saskatchewan
That video makes me sad.
I think we should just face is and say that most show horses are exactly that - show horses. They aren't supposed to be practical. They're supposed to look good for the judges. They are bred to be impractical for the sake of looking "pretty". And in some peoples eyes, that's the best thing ever. And to other people, it's stupid.
Many WP horses are bred to be slow from day one. I would never expect a WP bred horse to really do anything but be in the show ring, because it most likely wouldn't last doing ranch work.
IMO, people can hate on barrel horses and rope horses, but I can take a barrel or rope bred horse and put in a long day at a pasture roundup and expect it to be able to withstand that kind of work often.