Ranch Horse Pleasure - Anyone tried it?
I downloaded the patterns from AQHA and yesterday tried the different patterns. It was so fun! No competitions around where I live, but it was a throwback to the old days. No bling allowed, apparently, or fake tails -- and the accompanying article specified that forward motion was required. No pitty-pat movers or anything resembling Western Pleasure.
Has anyone here tried it? I saw a Ranch trail video on youtube and it looked like lots of fun, too. A real gate, forward motion, had to dismount three times and drop the bridle at the end. Not "horse agility" like the current trends are for the regular trail class, but more like what you might actually ask a working horse to do.
If you've tried it, what did the judge's really reward? Were they looking for a horse that was more like a reiner?