There was a lot of controversy surrounding AQHA Congress this year. The internet was outraged over the way horses were going, many calling it abuse. You can see the original videos by clicking the following links: https://thehorseaholic.com/western-pleasure-video-from-quarter-horse-congress-has-the-internet-outraged/
This video is one riders response to those claims. He is sitting on his Quarter Horse bareback without a bridle, demonstrating just how happy and quiet his horse is. He calls people that think those videos were abusive ignorant. He captioned his video with this:
“Because we see something and don’t understand it doesn’t justify assumption of a negative. Explore and educate yourself before judgement. The American Quarter Horse is a breed built on athletic performance and a willingness to be ridden with ease.”
He acknowledges the abuse that has happened in the western pleasure industry and explains how it is being changed. He’s seen horses beat with a crowbar or a bat over the head, he’s seen their heads tied to the rafters. These are horrifying things and we truly hope that they are not going on anymore.
What are your thoughts on what he has to say? Do you agree with him? Do you think western pleasure is changing for the better? There’s good and bad in all disciplines. Why do you think western pleasure has become such a big topic?
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