Originally Posted by tinyliny
I think part of the headset for western pleasure , or rather the head position, being really low, comes from the horse who is herding cattle. That low position gives good visibility in the close to medium range of distance, and it is the natural position the horse has when he is "moving" another animal with his body.
It is easy on the neck muscles, too, as long as the head is not pulled behind the vertical.
That is one thing I see in the Arabian WP; every single horse has his face behind the vertical. This will restrict their vision somewhat.
Yep....like roping cows...the head is out of the way. With a cutter, cutting cows...look at where their heads are, eye level with that cow. Same thing with reiners.....with their heads lower in the circles and the sliding stops. If you are chasing a cow, the horse better have his head lower and focused and looking, and NOT up like a giraffe looking at birds....LOL.
For western PLEASURE.....the REASON is right in the name. It's for pleasure....like a leisurely Sunday right, the cows are in, no fences to mend, nowhere to get in a hurry...just an enjoyable laid back ride. I don't understand how ya'll don't get that. No wait a minute, I do know how. Through assumption that WP horses are lame, unhappy, unnatural, forced and intimidated...and quite frankly it's tedious and unbecoming.