I realized that some people who read my blog (the two or three of you out there :) might not have ever been to a horse show before. Or you might have gone to one a long time ago but aren't sure of the current trends. Or you might just own horses and never have shown. Or you might not have ever seen a horse in person in your entire life.
If that last part is true then immediately get yourself to your nearest stable. Even if you only try it once, being around a horse is an experience that must be had.
Training a horse to this level takes a great deal of work, talent, patience, time, and work. We might never get to this level, but this is what Paula and I are working for.
Western Pleasure has earned a bad name because many people try to take shortcuts and they end up with horses that lack forward motion and true gaits. This horse has obviously been well-trained to carry herself correctly. She is slow, relaxed, collected, and above all, has a good attitude about her work. I love this horse, and only hope that some day Paula and I will be out there in the arena, in our attempt to emulate this ideal.