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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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Tammy    Bend, OR

3/3/2015 7:18:22 PM

This is a very good video; most importantly it is coming from AQHA judges. However, I still do not understand why we go to the Western Pleasure videos and shows and are still consistently seeing horses barely walking, jogging with their noses sticking out and loping like they are crippled and going sidesway down the rail. The horses themselves have no roundness and above all, no expression. They look dull and lifeless. When is this all going to change back to wanting to see the horse at his true gates? I thought this video is saying just that? The "trainers" are not listening and the judges are still rewarding this ugliness.

Laura    Findlay, OH

2/7/2015 8:41:18 AM

This is a great video. I love western pleasure, but it can be ugly sometimes. My horse has much more natural gaits than some wp horses. I hope that this comes back. When looking at the older clips shown in this video, it is much more pleasing to watch. The horse's movements are more natural. Western Pleasure needs to go back to its roots.

Sofia    Springfield, IL

2/1/2015 1:22:19 PM

This is a great example of Western Pleasure! The jog is slow without being zombie-like. There is also a little bit of energy "bounce" at the jog. The lope actually looks like a slow canter, and not like the weird lope-trot things that are often seen in Western Pleasure. The horse's heads are aligned with the withers and not sniffing the ground. These horses also don't look dead, unlike many other Western Pleasure horses. AQHA Western Pleasure is making a great comeback!

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!

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