Originally Posted by oh vair oh
? This is kind of a weird blanket statement. I find that most show horses are bred to be incredibly practical - not only great movers, well conformed, and have excellent minds. The definition of what is "impractical" is up to the person who decides it. I can say that barrel horses and rope horses are impractical because I have no idea who would want to ride those hot, crazy messes (being stereotypical).
WP bred horses are wonderful because they start with great minds and great bodies. Several western pleasure horses I have known can be taken anywhere at any time and have no problem with traveling to new places. They make easy-going trail horses and compete in western riding or horsemanship. Sometimes they even make neat little english horses. I've even taken a couple "impractical" western pleasure horses and used them as team penning horses. They worked extremely well because they were very balanced on their hocks and used their core instead of throwing themselves around on the forehand like I see most doing. Plus they were the most solid, calmest horses in the whole cowboy-up complex.
Most people just don't want to risk putting their WP ponies in with "ranch work" because they are considerably expensive.
I've had some regionally successful WP riders and their horses out to my place. The poor horses couldn't function on normal ground with erosion, sagebrush and small rocks. Poor little hoof dragging, rounded-back, messed up shoulders and hindquartered beasts.
Poor things had odd musculature that prevented them from walking at an average speed on flat roads. It was very sad.
WP riders are not allowed on my place for at least 7 years now.
I have, however, bought some low level WP horses and aided them in once again in moving like an average horse. They became fine ranch mounts. It took some work/rehab, but they eventually could move safely and effectively in the world.