What's Western Pleasure?

Global Horse Culture Archive on October 5, 2007, 8:56

This nifty video clearly explains the sport of Western Pleasure showing. Western style riding originates in Mexico and the American West, but is now popular around the world. As in some other equestrian sports, such as dressage or hunters, the emphasis in Western Pleasure is on the meticulous presentation of a show horse so well trained that it performs each required movement with grace, relaxation, and perfect accuracy, while the rider appears to sit quietly, enjoying the ride, his or her cues barely visible. Both horse and rider must be impeccably groomed and attired.