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post #101 of 102 Old 06-11-2010, 08:48 PM
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I came a bit late, but I figure that I will comment. I began cross training my hunter with western pleasure after I found that he has a real talent for it. He loves to relax down into a lower frame and smaller gait. I will never ask him to do a 4-beated canter or any of that not only because I need purity of gaits for hunters, but also because I feel that would add unnecessary stress to our "hobby". My horse wins everything in western pleasure in my area, and I truly believe it's because he does everything in a natural manner and because he loves it.

Horses are over trained in every discipline in the world. When a horse really enjoys a certain activity, whether that be a slow, low headset or a fast paced higher headset like a jumper, then that discipline is not a waste, no matter how "impractical". Horses are rarely used as actively and practically as they were, with some exceptions. Trail riding is just as much a fun activity as showing is. Just look at how hunters have evolved.

I agree that you must ride in a discipline to judge it. Those who have and then have formed opinions, more power to you. I love what western pleasure has done for my horse, but everyone has different experiences. I do agree that this particular discipline has some issues, but I don't feel like I am in any place to judge it as a whole based on the faults of some riders and trainers. I commend the discipline as a whole for working to correct issues.
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post #102 of 102 Old 06-11-2010, 11:42 PM
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Originally Posted by smrobs View Post

I don't like it and will never own a WP horse, but I can't change the minds of others. Just don't tell me that they move naturally, cause they don't. If it was natural for a horse to do that, it wouldn't take hours of specialized training every week to get them to move like that.
Every horse, in every discipline, training for the top levels of what they do train for hours. Do you think an Oldenburg filly comes out already at FEI Level? It takes years, and years of specialized training to perform at the level.

As do Olympic athletes, and Sport professionals.

The thing is, it is natural for these horses. The training simply pushes them to perform at the best of their ability.
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