Western Pleasure horses are shown in a stock type saddle and a standard western type headstall with any standard western bit. Junior horses five years old and younger can be shown in hackamores or snaffle bits, as long as the horse has not been shown in any western event in a curb bit. Riders wear western hats, long sleeved shirts with collars and scarves or ties. A vest, jacket or sweater may also be worn. Chaps and boots are required. The horse may wear boots or bandages only in Reining, working cow and cutting classes. The horses are shown at a flat footed, ground covering four beat walk. The jog is a two beat gait that is free, square, slow and easy. The lope is a true three beat gait that is smooth, slow, easy and straight on both leads. Open horses will also be asked to hand gallop. There should be a distinct difference between the lope and the hand gallop. In the Open division, the classes are judged on manners, performance, substance, quality and conformation. Junior horse classes are judged on substance, quality, performance and manners. Amateur and Junior exhibitor classes are judged on manners, performance, suitability of the horse to the rider, substance, quality and conformation.
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