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    12-08-2008, 10:05 PM
Originally Posted by pleasurehorse11    
I think the slower the legged and more 'dead headed' the horse the more versatile the horse. If your horse can go in a western pleasure or HUS class and come out winning your horse can do more than a horse that is more spirited or flighty. Quieter horses are easier to work with than horses whose attention it harder to get . My mare is WP all the way I have to use so much leg and seat to just get her to move w/o troping that its ridiculous! Now she was never dogtracked or pulled back to hard she is just lazy, but I can take that horse in a WP class come out jump her or go in barrels and win every class! When I used to go in a barrel class just as a filler for some extra points everyone would woop and tell me not to set my horses head that it was barrels and I was supposed to go fast . Well my all around and high points were so close with another person that barrels would make or break Champ and reserve so I started pushing my horse and I would take like 2nd's and 3rd's in barrels but the minute we were done I would pick up tice on my reins and lope on out ! It drove all the barrel people crazy that I was beating them and loping on out of the ring!lol she does look a little funny when I open her up she not used to running! This right here proves how much more versatile a quiet horse is than a high spirited horse . The fact that a horse would try so hard in every discipline shows how much personality and love they have for their owner.
way back when I was in youth I had a paint gelding that won every major award there is to win as a pleasure horse in Australia - my at the time boyfriend rode on the Rodeo circuit here and his best friend was a stock contractor - they used to take my pleasure horse to the rodeos, buck him out as a bareback horse and then jump on him and lope him out of the arena. He was bucked out 12 times for no rides! PLEASURE HORSES MOST DEFFINATELY CAN HAVE SPIRIT.... LOL
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    12-09-2008, 03:07 PM
Hehe - the story of your horse being used in rodeo comps made me laugh. The all-around horse that I showed on the QH circuit for years (top 10 in nation high point eq) would buck so hard that my trainer and other people who had witnessed his antics would try every year to make me enter the local rodeo as they figured they would win money off of me, thinking that if I could stay on him I could stay on anything.

Personally, I think the best all-around horses, and esp WP horses, are actually quite spirited. In order to really move properly, they can't be of that completely dead-head attitude. I still remember watching the girl who won the reserve world champ in amy WP a couple of years ago get bucked off by her "quiet" WP horse the night before the finals. Didn't affect her any in the class.
    12-09-2008, 05:03 PM
I found that some of the lopes, as well as the trots, were starting to look more like lameness than pleasure. They were teaching the horses to go way to slow.
    12-10-2008, 09:40 PM
Originally Posted by JHickie    
I found that some of the lopes, as well as the trots, were starting to look more like lameness than pleasure. They were teaching the horses to go way to slow.
That may not necessarily be true. They may have not been going too slow, just not moving correctly and using their hind ends properly.
I didn't see whatever you're talking about so perhaps the horses you're describing actually were moving at such a pace that it was actually too slow, and if this is the case I apologize. :)
    12-11-2008, 08:43 PM
It took me about two weeks and poco has a lope mastered. Its gorgeous but I HATE riding that way! I feel so dumb for some reason.
    12-12-2008, 06:22 PM
Originally Posted by toosexy4myspotz    
It took me about two weeks and poco has a lope mastered. Its gorgeous but I HATE riding that way! I feel so dumb for some reason.
If you've mastered a WP lope in two weeks, I'd love to know your secret!
    12-12-2008, 06:44 PM
Out of the 5 years I had him I NEVER made him lope until one day I finally decided I was going to try it and I used the word lope when he done it and nope as soon as I say lope he drops his head and just does it. He loves to lope. All I done was put a little more pressure on him in the round pen to get him into a canter and asked him to slow his canter and not break his gait.
    12-12-2008, 07:16 PM
Being a QH does not make an animal incapable of a "that phenomenal explosive power ready anytime".........
That is not what I was saying, I was saying that I don't much care for WP bred QHs because they tend to not have the starting power of a differently bred horse. I love QHs but only as long as they are bred for performance sports like reining, cutting, working cow horse, etc. And even though I know that most WP horses are far from dead-headed, someone who doesn't know horses would probably think that because of the way that they move.
    01-18-2009, 08:45 PM
Accually Now they would have a horse rather be loping true then looking fake and having a extremly slow lope, I have recently found this out because my horse lopes to slow :(
    01-19-2009, 03:22 PM
I personally don't care for the really slow wp lope but I run barrels and such so I like my speed how ever I have a friend that taught her WP mare to be a "peanut roller" and such it wasnt what the mare was bred for but she has done very well in the show and is WP champion. However this last year she started having alot of problems with her hips and such not couldnt keep her sound and the vet literally knew she WP horse before it was even said cause they have seen alot of them coming in with problems because it isnt thier normal gait.. she had to be laid up for a year ! So my feelings on it are if that is how your horse naturally moves GREAT. If its not and you want that WP lope maybe look else where so your hare doesnt pay for it later

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