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Video: AQHA Western Pleasure Judging

What makes a correct walk, jog and lope for a western pleasure horse?

June 2011 Extra

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Learn what western pleasure judges are looking for and see some of the common faults of gait that you should avoid with your western pleasure horse.


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Shann    Alexandria, VA

11/16/2014 2:10:33 PM

Your negative comment shows your ignorance and lack of appreciation for horses and horse lovers. We are all one family no matter what style you ride!

Andrea    St. Paul, MN

8/25/2014 7:39:10 AM

I coach youth judging teams, and I also ride western pleasure. This is such a great video to show in order to understand how to judge and how to show western pleasure. To everyone that feels the need to criticize the western pleasure horse, let me just say that every riding discipline has an ugly side - English, Dressage, Saddleseat and so on. It is the few in each discipline who choose to train or make their horse perform in such a terrible way that create a bad reputation for their riding discipline. Don't make comments about a discipline you have not even tried riding or judging before you open your mouth to criticize it.

Mia    Andes, NY

2/28/2014 12:55:30 PM

Those horses look like they are limping when they perform those 'gaits'. Extremely unattractive way to present a horse. They all look beaten down with no light in their eyes. But maybe that's how those cowboys/girls like their horses?

Abby    Madison, MS

2/13/2014 3:50:42 PM

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