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Western Pleasure

Western pleasure is a division found at horse shows where the horse is judged on movement, conformation, conditioning, quiet way of going, manners, suitability as a western mount with even and slow gaits, and his responsiveness to cues. It is so named because a horse needs to be seen as a pleasure to ride all day as if it was a ranch horse. This division is found with many, many breeds, but is most commonly pictured with American Quarter Horses and American Paint Horses. It is one of the most popular divisions at breed shows. Horse Illustrated covers topics such as tack and equipment to use, how to train the horse for the division, how to slow down a horse’s gaits, grooming and presentation for this event, neck reining, head set, and more.

The 2019 U.S. Equestrian Lifetime Achievement Award Goes to Ellen Di Bella

The 2019 U.S. Equestrian Lifetime Achievement Award has been awarded to Ellen Di Bella. She will be honored at the…

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Selecting a Hat for the Western Show Pen

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Slowing the Lope

Q: How do I get my western pleasure horse to slow his lope without four-beating? A: Repair your horse’s lope…

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10 Ways to Improve Your Western Riding

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Video: Lengthening Your Horse’s Gaits

It’s mesmerizing to see your horse float across a field, his limbs swinging effortlessly like pendulums. While a horse is…

5 years ago

Tail Extensions for Western Show Horses

Everyone wants a gorgeous tail in the show-ring. Once you get to the bigger stock-breed shows, tail extensions are common.…

5 years ago

My Horse Bends to the Outside

Q: My western pleasure mare travels canted along the rail and bent to the outside of the circle. I’m only…

5 years ago