This video was uploaded by someone that was at the Quarter Horse Congress watching riders school their horses before they showed. The video was uploaded with the following caption:
“The crabby canter and the zero trot is painful to watch from the side, but watching a horse be coerced into it is unbearable when you see the mechanics of this “western pleasure” from the front and rear perspective.”
This is an issue that people seem to be so divided on. There is one side who says they are bred for this and that’s how slow they want to go. They other side is totally sickened, sad and appalled.
The video above is a yearling gelding named Cotton Candy Machine. This gelding is being ponied by a ranch type horse that is moving at a nice natural canter and the gelding is following along side loping. His lope is natural and if you ask me it’s stunning! In my opinion this is a World Class western pleasure horse! There is nothing crabby or unbearable about that canter.
My question to everyone is what do you think the solution is? I know the majority of people think this is sick and disgusting, but what solution do you offer people who love riding a western pleasure bred horse? Do you think all of the horses in the video looked tortured and abused, or were there some that looked happy and natural to you?
Also for people who are currently involved in the industry, when you see videos like the warm up one above can you see why people are so outraged? Do you wish the class would shift as well? What is the solution?