Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Western Riding


Breathe said...

Beautiful photos. And there are those floor length tails again!

Is it me or are some of these a bit like the rolkur everyone has concerns about. I don't like to see horses heads pulled in so their chin almost touches their chest, it looks painful.

But maybe that's just me?

fernvalley01 said...

Gorgeous horses , the bosal class looks a bit odd , but they do look lovely

allhorsestuff said...

Okay...was not even gonna say a thing but- it did look to be the Western version of Rolkur to me as well with some of those fine horses. Mainly the Bosal group...the long shanked- purchase group if bits, looked much gentler, with their mounts.
They are beautiful horses to be sure!

Sydney said...

Goodness I love that palomino

lytha said...

thanks for posting another scottsdale class. i'm curious what your impressions are from that show. also, which was your favorite?


Jen said...

Not too keen on the show industry per se, but everybody sure does look pretty!

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

lytha - I do have some opinions about the show, which I will share at the end of this series. In the meantime, I'm more interested in what others have to say.

KD said...

In the class where they were all in bosals, was that a practice or schooling class? They all seemed to be schooling their horses with two hands and way out to the sides. The Arabian horse has always looked so refined in western gear to me.

Ms Martyr said...

These comments caused me to look up what a bosal is. I think they were more common when I was a kid. I remember a fuzzy one that looked like it was made from sheepskin.
I'm curious about why such a large area of mane behind the horse's ears is shaved. It's way more than necessary for the hanger (just learned that word too)

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

KD - I didn't have a program, so I didn't know what classes I was watching. I don't show horses, so I can't really answer many questions about showing. However, there are different styles of western riding, and I know one of them does include holding the hands way out to the side.

Ms Martyr - When trimming the bridle path, it's difficult to keep it the same length. People want their horses to look totally clean for each show, so they have to keep trimming the mane a little further with each show. Some do it on purpose because they want to show off their horse's throat-latch and head better.

Paint Girl said...

You got some awesome pictures!! For a second, I thought the guy in the 3rd picture, the one in back, was my trainer from the farm I work for! That looks almost exactly like the horse we showed in the junior western class too. But once I enlarged the picture, I realized it wasn't him.
I saw alot of that palomino with that long mane!
To answer some of your readers comments, the bosal classes are for horses under 5 years of age, they are the "junior" horses. Once they are old enough, they get shown in the bit.
Looks like you had a great time! Can't wait to see more pictures from your trip! I wish I could have gotten pictures of classes, but too busy working.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

The palomino with the long mane is gorgeous!!

I find it interesting that for the Arabian Western Pleasure, the heads are up high and noses are tucked in so tight to the chests.
They look nothing like the typical Western Pleasure Class Paints and Quarter Horses with heads down low and relaxed.

The costumes the riders are wearing are the same, though...and just beautiful, too.