Western Pleasure vs Ranch Riding
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Riding Horses > Western Riding

Western Pleasure vs Ranch Riding

This is a discussion on Western Pleasure vs Ranch Riding within the Western Riding forums, part of the Riding Horses category
  • Western shows ranch horse vs western riding vs western pleasure
  • Western pleasure vs ranch riding

Like Tree1Likes
  • 1 Post By Cynical25

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
    06-18-2013, 04:45 PM
  #1
Foal
Western Pleasure vs Ranch Riding

Hello everyone, there is an upcoming local show at our county fair (so very low key, and not exactly the most strict type of competition. No rules are posted beforehand which is very frustrating because itís hard to prepare.) Iíve only showed once ever, and never in either of these disciplines but I kind of want to. I was just wondering what the main differences are between the two. Both are open classes (but as I said, with no rules listed), so please help me out if you can. :) Thanks!
     
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
    06-18-2013, 05:53 PM
  #2
Started
I know you said it was an Open show, but the AQHA handbook will give you a good overview of what each class is generally looking for. Your governing association may have slightly different ideas.
AQHA Handbook

In a nutshell: Western Pleasure horses are bred & trained for a specific long, low & slow movement which will be shown as a rail class. There will likely be extensions of the gaits, but the focus is on presenting a horse who is cadenced, balanced, responsive & consistent. These are show horses and there will likely be some glitz & glamour, as presentation is part of the game.

Ranch Riding is for ranch bred type horses who may have a more forward gait, and they will do some sort of pattern with gait changes, poles to cross, spins/turns, and lead changes. The idea seems to be to showcase a working horses' ability to respond to typical maneuvers asked while working the ranch land. Tack and attire is more simple and work-oriented then WP classes, but still clean and put together. It is still a show class and your horse should be presented in as good a light as possible.

Have fun and good luck!
stevenson likes this.
     
    06-19-2013, 08:39 AM
  #3
Foal
Hello I've never rode in Western style because I live in Europe, I really like to try but I can't find a place to do it...
     
    06-21-2013, 10:34 AM
  #4
Foal
Cynical25 thank you for the advice and for the link. I understand the differences a lot better now. I think my QH will do a lot better in the ranch class than the Western Pleasure one to be honest.

Gabinija, You should definitely give it a try. Western riding is a lot of fun, so I hope you can find a place to try it. :)
     

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Training for W Pleasure/Ranch Riding kayhmk Western Riding 9 01-24-2013 11:35 PM
Western Pleasure Riding Instructors In WI, and some extra questions lopinlowandslow Western Pleasure 1 05-22-2011 11:49 PM
What cinch do you like best for western pleasure riding? ridesapaintedpony Western Riding 26 08-16-2009 08:27 PM



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:04 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0