Hope everyone ate, drank and visited too much and is now relaxing 🙂
Why do they call it “The Holidays”? They are anything BUT, I long for real life to begin again, and c’mon school, willya start already???
Anyways…back to horses. Found this today on the web:
My first thought, celebrating WHAT? Spurring and yanking? Bizarre versions of the horse’s natural gaits?
Yuch….just yuch. Some are worse than others, about 1/4 of the way through the video there is a chestnut who is head bobbing lame, but maybe the rider can’t feel this, as the horses don’t travel anywhere near normally anyways. The dark bay horse they follow from 4:59 and on for a bit is doing the weirdest version of a lope/canter I have ever seen in my life.
Is this truly what is pinning these days in the Western Pleasure ring? It looks anything but pleasurable. The horses look miserable and the riders are too busy jamming them into their perverted version of “collection” to be enjoying the ride. Although I do not ride Western and will not pretend to know a lot about it I would rather watch horses cut cows etc and travel happily, as they were designed to.
In many sports we modify their way of going to a degree, but there is a healthy way to do it. This is no better than Rollkur, another thing I absolutely hate!
Do any of these folk, the W/P bunch or the Rollkur clowns, think their horses can possibly be anything but miserable, and dreading their work? And WHY do judges pin this crap? Is it the sheep mentality? Are they afraid to step outside the accepted box of what is “good” and a “winning ride”? I’ll never be qualified to be a judge but I sure would like to, I wouldn’t pin any of them…they’d all get the gate!