I don't like WP. I won't go into why because it will start a big fight and I'm not into that. But I don't like it. I've reluctantly trained WP for a couple people to pay the bills, but I don't agree with the discipline at all. I have had to train those horses to move the same way that shown in the video, so yes, I can ride my horse that way. I chose not to.
The reason those horses are the way they are in the video is for style. Judges want to see that sort, so they train their horses to move that way for ribbons. In a couple years, the style will change and horses will look different again. Theres no other reason for WP. You can't do anything a QH was bred to do with WP. WP just gives the rider absolutely no bounce or motion to the ride. The less a horse moves, the better. It benefits the rider, not so much the horse. I'm presuming it came about with wanting a horse you can ride for long hours. Real cowboys can't stand WP because they are in the saddle for 10 hours a day, but need their horses to actually move.
QHs are supposed to be an all-around breed. They jump, they dressage, they race, they herd. WP doesn't have much pull in the working-horse discipline. Its a refined "trail" class...people want their horses to move that way all day on the trail. But I've yet to see a serious, high competing WP rider take their horses out on trail for fear it would mess their horses up.
Having trained a couple WP horses, I can honestly say that it doesn't take much to ride one. They are push-button, slow, no motion, and when trained well, keep that particular frame themselves. The rider is supposed to be frozen in perfect form as well, which is usually poor riding form in every other discipline, with their hips way out behind them. They claim its not so, but the proof is in the video and pictures I see of this displine, and also in the competitions I've watched.
Last edited by Copperhead; 07-01-2012 at 12:03 PM.