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        08-23-2009, 06:26 PM
    Originally Posted by Spastic_Dove    
    I tried it and still think it's unnatural BECAUSE it takes 3 hours a day every day to get them to pitter around. Horses are being bred for WP now so it is a more natural way of movement for them, but for my speed/cow bred horse, it took a lot of work to get him to move like anything similar to a western pleasure horse. I'd love to try one of these speed pleasure classes!

    I showed for 20 years in WP, WE, and Trail, so I have tried it. And, it IS unnatural for a horse to carry it's head lower than it's poll unless it's eating! If it's so "natural" why are you spending 3 hours EVERY day getting your horse to move like that?

    Go watch a horse run in a field - the head carriage is natural, and how WP USED to be - natural, fun and a real PLEASURE!.

    PS - Since 1984, more WP horses have developed arthritis in their shoulders because of unnatural head carriage.
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        08-23-2009, 06:31 PM
    Originally Posted by TimmysMom    

    PS - Since 1984, more WP horses have developed arthritis in their shoulders because of unnatural head carriage.
    I believe it! I wish Pleasure could go back to what it once was. From the few videos I've seen it looked like those horses could actually be put to work. I really dislike modern WP and WP horses trying to be english horses...
        08-28-2009, 12:32 AM
    Speed Pleasure lol that's what happens when me and my barrel horse go in to a WP class we look like speed racer he's got a WP jog and can move to their slow likings in WP at the jog but once I ask him to lope wow its like im inthe indy 500 as I lap everyone its har to belive at his first show he actually took 2nd place in WP... I bought h im for a barrel horse so ill stick with my speedy gozolesz but do wish our horse associations around here offered a speed pleasure so I don't feel so bad lapping the peanut rollers maybe I will have to suggest it might get more people to enter really
        08-29-2009, 06:42 PM
    I don't mind some WP horses, but when you get to the upper level shows, that's when it bugs me. How do you except a horse to do all 3 "natural" gaits with it's nose in the dirt? Now, the WP horses that have their neck level or just slightly above their withers, I think it's ok. It's still not natural but it's better than the others.

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