Western Pleasure is a class with a lot of history. The riding style and horses have changed and progressed a lot in it’s almost 60 year history. A lot of people feel that the class has regressed and that we should go back to the old way. In this video, Gil Galyean the leading NSBA money earner of all time explains what he looks for in a Western Pleasure horse. “All horsemen are drawn to movement” Gil says. I think that’s what draws a lot of people into western pleasure, it is a movement class.
Western pleasure has been under a microscope lately, specifically the “movement” of the horses. This video shows people what a correct western pleasure horse looks like. “We’re looking for a horse that completes his stride” says Gil. “I don’t want to see a horse that’s like pausing, taking a stride, pausing, taking a stride. I want to see it flow across the arena”. Gil also goes on to specify that it’s not about being the slowest horse in the class! Western pleasure is about movement, and when they’re hobbling around it’s not pretty or comfortable! Lets all take the advise in this video, push our horses forward and show off their movement! It’s prettier and a lot more fun to ride 🙂
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