So after reading and making comments on what others are doing with their horses i figured I'd start a thread, maybe it will catch maybe it won't. I want to know what displine you chose to admire or ride, and what you hate about it, what you love about, why you chose it, and most importantly what you DISLIKE about what others see in that displine.
I guess I should go first..
I ride western pleasure mainly, but as an APHA/breed show type rider I do do the Hunter Under Saddle (which is kind of like western pleasure just in english tack), and hms, sms, halter, and trail class. I love what I do because I love the connection between horse and rider, and how these techniques look so easy and yet when I am training I am sweating! The no rein contact and yet the horse is so slow, the collection and feel I ahve for my horse is amazing. I love the beautiful clothes I get made for me, and feeling like a princess for about 6 minutes a time when I am showing. What I hate about the displine is the cost to participate, train,the horse, the show tack, and show fees which is quite ridiculous, but thank fully I ahve a understanding coach, a awesome horse, and fantastic family to support me. I chose it because when I saw it on youtube it seemed slow and that i just sat there (MAN WAS I WRONG!) but I stuck with it because it was a western displine that did not involve speed and I lost quite alot of weight because its so hard to ride! What I dislike about people and western pleasure, is they always assume when I am talking western pleasure I am talking about having a pleasurefull ride in a western saddle (kinda like a trail ride), not that there is an actual displine called WP! I also hate when inexperienced people tell me my horse looks sad and lame because of his lope or jog due to the speed and his head set.
now its your turn..