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Western Pleasure

Western Pleasure

A. Ponies are to be shown at a walk, jog and lope both ways
of the ring in all age/sex divisions except the walk‐trot
classes listed in Rule 98. Ponies shall back in a straight line
(at the judge’s discretion, finalists only may be required to
back). They shall not be asked to extend the lope. Ponies
are to be shown on a loose rein without undue restraint.
B. The class is judged on the pony only, 60% on performance,
30% on conformation and 10% on appointments.
C. The ideal pleasure pony should carry its head in a position
that is normal for its type and no lower than level.
Reasonably loose reins with light contact should be
maintained at all times. The western pleasure pony should
be a pleasure to ride and a free, natural mover.
1. Major Faults. Carrying the head in such a position
that the point of the ears is lower than the withers,
being flexed behind the vertical and moving
exceptionally slowly at any gait.

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