Spent the day at a friends farm, she has Appys. Of course I just had to thumb through the recent Appaloosa journal on her coffee table when she left the room for a few minutes.
Ahhh the Appy, my first horse love. I showed them English decades ago when it was not the popular thing to do. Later I met the Thb and my Apps went by the wayside. Later still I happily got to own and/or show 3 App/Thb crosses, which suited my English aspirations while melding my two favorite breeds. I still think they are the best cross ever.
But I am going “off course” now…;-)
I was dismayed by two things in that magazine. First off was how many had the post legged, diaper butt back end of the poor halter-bred Quarter Horse. Yuch. That deformed conformation needs to go…not to spread through the Western Horse world.
The second? The ads featuring the horses being ridden “English”. I could not find the examples I wanted online but I found some close.
This is actually tamer than what I saw in the magazine…but the best I found online. What is this heels up, no contact, perched on the crotch crap? And that’s just the rider, the horses way of going is about as “English” as I am Chinese.
Many were worse, riders hunch backed, puppy pawed hands at knee level. These people need to get out and watch a REAL hack class if they think this is English riding.
Really? This guy needs a few dozen miles of no stirrups work. Maybe the horse having his head at knee level is making him tip forward like this? Again no contact and a peanut rolling way of going. THIS IS NOT ENGLISH! And damned shitty Eq too, so I would not say it is Western either…
I do not think wearing some chaps and a Stetson and sitting in a western saddle with a shanked bit would make me a Western rider. In fact I KNOW I looked like an awkward tool the few times I did ride Western (NOT in a show), I didn’t even know what to do with my free hand. I ride Western like a dork and freely admit it, the clothes I wear or the tack I sit in (or the horse I sit on) makes no difference.
Gotta say I do at least keep my heels down and sit on my seatbones-that’s a given in both styles IMO…
What is wrong with showing the “Western” breeds properly in English events? I think it would show they can be ridden English to the real English riders, showcase their versatility and break down the stereotypes of what certain breeds can do. Maybe draw some new buyers and exhibitors to the not traditionally English breeds?
All this looks like is the same stuff in different clothes and tack to me.