Absolutely agree with your weel thought out response.
Those horses in your avatar ARE really nice. Tell us about them, if you don't mind a hijack. Maybe the OP should hear what you say.
Well thanks guys
Yes, that line up was at our 2008 spring show.
AS alot of people have already said the "classic" WP horses travel quite ugly in the sense that it is not natural, and it looks awkward, and often does make the horse look lame. However, quite a few WP riders (in our area) especially the younger generation, are not training this way due to the many reasons that people have already listed.
Now, some people like this...however.... a lot don't. Seeing that the whole point of WP is for the horse to be...Comfortable, and a joy to ride, these horses are not so, as RIO said it would take a whole day to check on your cows. Now WP is supposed to reflect the easy and comfortable ride that a cowboy would need in order to check fences and cattle for extended periods.....and again RIO makes a valid point...how the heck would you get that done on a horse w such slow and unnatural gaits???
This was the whole reasoning behind a lot of the western Canadian 4-H groups rallying around our local chapters of horse "gods" and requesting a change in how these horses are judged. Now, this didn't happen over night. But now Id say in a class of 10 horses you"ll have maybe 4 that will travel this way...and they often don't place (depends on the judge of course), but I see more and more of these horses being over looked. But again this is only in western Canada from what I have seen, but the more people advert from training this way, the sooner it wont be considered desirable at all shows/states/provinces etc
The sorrel horse second from the left is my guy Maverick He placed 3rd in that class. The paint on his Right ended up winning...a real nice mover, can collect himself quite nicely for a bigger horse.. he is actually owned by a friend of mine
. The second place horse was "cut" out of the picture he is just off to the right of the paint. My Dad took the picture, and was really just trying to get Mav and myself in the frame.