Western Pleasure Mult State Judges School Nov 2009
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This presentation discusses the positive attributes of the western pleasure horse and how evaluation of these horses occurs during a horse show. ...

This presentation discusses the positive attributes of the western pleasure horse and how evaluation of these horses occurs during a horse show.

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    Western Pleasure Mult State Judges School Nov 2009 Western Pleasure Mult State Judges School Nov 2009 Presentation Transcript

    • Judging WESTERN PLEASURE
      Ashley Griffin, Kentucky
      APHA, PTHA, and PHBA Approved
    • WESTERN PLEASURE
      Flowing Balanced and Willing Horse that gives the appearance of being Fit and a Pleasure to Ride.
    • Proper Attire:
      Western Hat
      Long Sleeve Collared Shirt
      Long pants
      Boots
      Chaps and Spurs optional
      WESTERN PLEASURE
    • Proper Equipment:
      Western Bridle and Saddle
      Snaffle Bits:
      O-ring, egg-butt or D-ring – max. 4“
      Round, oval or egg-shaped, smooth and unwrapped metal. May be inlaid but smooth or latex wrapped.
      5/16” bars 1” inward from cheek
      Optional curb below the reins
      WESTERN PLEASURE
    • Proper Equipment:
      Curb Bits:
      Solid or broken mouthpiece
      Round, oval or egg-shaped, smooth and unwrapped metal. May be inlaid but smooth or latex wrapped.
      5/16” to 3/4” bars 1” inward from cheek
      No prongs protruding above or below the mouthpiece
      Ports no higher then 3 1/2”
      Shanks no longer then 8 1/2”
      Curb straps must lay flat and be 1” or more in width
      Inspect for blood on horse’s belly, nose and mouth
      WESTERN PLEASURE
    • Factors to be Considered:
      WESTERN PLEASURE
      Consistency
      Correctness of Gait
      Flat-footed 4 beat Walk
      - May ask to Extend the Walk
      Smooth, ground-covering 2 beat Jog
      - Moderate Extension at the Jog
      Easy, rhythmical 3 beat Lope
      Back
      Cadence
      Collection
      Engaged Hocks
      Level neck and nose slightly in front of vertical
    • Lameness:
      Check for Lameness from the moment horses enter the arena
      Obvious Lameness is:
      Consistently observable at a trot at all times
      Marked nodding, hitching or short striding
      Minimal weight-bearing in motion and/or at rest inability to move
      Judge may excuse horses that are deemed unsound
      WESTERN PLEASURE
    • Pleasure & Saddle Types
      Pleasure Type:
      Rounded, medium strides
      Flexed neck and poll higher than withers
      Display forward reach and flexion with the knees and hocks
      Saddle Type:
      Move with more energy
      Higher head carriage
      Marked flexion with the knees and hocks
      May not be asked to Back
      WESTERN PLEASURE
    • The Walk
      WESTERN PLEASURE
      Selecting And Showing Western Pleasure Horses, AQHA, quaraterhorseoutfitters.com
    • The Walk
      WESTERN PLEASURE
      Selecting And Showing Western Pleasure Horses, AQHA, quaraterhorseoutfitters.com
    • The Jog
      WESTERN PLEASURE
      Selecting And Showing Western Pleasure Horses, AQHA, quaraterhorseoutfitters.com
    • The Jog
      WESTERN PLEASURE
      Selecting And Showing Western Pleasure Horses, AQHA, quaraterhorseoutfitters.com
    • The Jog
      WESTERN PLEASURE
      Selecting And Showing Western Pleasure Horses, AQHA, quaraterhorseoutfitters.com
    • The Jog
      WESTERN PLEASURE
      Selecting And Showing Western Pleasure Horses, AQHA, quaraterhorseoutfitters.com
    • The Lope
      WESTERN PLEASURE
      Selecting And Showing Western Pleasure Horses, AQHA, quaraterhorseoutfitters.com
    • The Lope
      WESTERN PLEASURE
      Selecting And Showing Western Pleasure Horses, AQHA, quaraterhorseoutfitters.com
    • The Lope
      WESTERN PLEASURE
      Selecting And Showing Western Pleasure Horses, AQHA, quaraterhorseoutfitters.com
    • The Lope
      WESTERN PLEASURE
      Selecting And Showing Western Pleasure Horses, AQHA, quaraterhorseoutfitters.com
    • Faults:
      WESTERN PLEASURE
      Canted when Loping
      Circling unnecessarily
      Not performing the gait specified
      Standing on the rail
      Stopping periodically
      Wrong lead
      Lack of stride lengthening when called
      Excessive use of reins & Out of control
      Two handing, excessive cueing, grabbing saddle horn, equipment failure, fall of horse & rider
    • Judges Responsibility
      WESTERN PLEASURE
      Allow adequate time for each gait
      In mixed breed classes, judge against the ideal
      Lameness should be excused from the arena discretely with assistance from ring steward
      If you check one bit you must check them all
      Bits vsBosals
      Judge each horse each time they show
      Prospect for tomorrow is not your winner today
    • Positive Factors:
      Consistency
      Correctness of Gait
      Cadence
      Collection
      WESTERN PLEASURE
      Pleasure to Ride
    • Reese Ann & Price Ballard
      TOD & ASHLEY GRIFFIN