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        11-30-2009, 12:55 PM
      #1
    Weanling
    Smile Can Someone Please Help Me? :)

    I've been DYING to actually have a Saddleseat Lesson. My friend has a Saddlebred (Dancer) and I have a Tennessee Walker (Spirit). She's been teaching me to ride Saddleseat on Dancer, but she had to stop because she's starting to train her for the big shows. My old trainer kept telling me that I'd look much better Saddleseat on Spirit than I do western and he seems to be a Saddleseat horse rather than a western horse. I really like Saddleseat and want to teach it to Spirit. I have a new trainer that can help me teach it to him, but I also want to learn it properly myself first before we start with him. So the here's my question . . .

    Does anyone know of any places that offer Saddleseat lessons near Matthews in NC? Does anyone know any websites that can help me find one?

    I've been trying to find one on the internet, but no one really rides Saddleseat around here so it's really hard to find a barn within driving distance.

    Thanks!
         
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        12-02-2009, 03:48 AM
      #2
    Trained
    You can correct me if I'm wrong, because I'm not really sure, but aren't saddleseat horses gaited? Is your horse gaited? And if not, can you teach a non-gaited horse to gait?

    You just said you wanted to teach him, so I'm kind of confused, lol.
         
        12-02-2009, 08:06 AM
      #3
    Started
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    Originally Posted by riccil0ve    
    You can correct me if I'm wrong, because I'm not really sure, but aren't saddleseat horses gaited? Is your horse gaited? And if not, can you teach a non-gaited horse to gait?

    You just said you wanted to teach him, so I'm kind of confused, lol.
    Not necessarily gaited, but it depends on the division. 3 gaited div. Is W/T/C. 5 Gaited adds to that the rack and slow gait. Pleasure divisions can ask for extensions, and Park horses usually have flashier action (even more so than most flashy saddle seat horses). I think that besides 5 gaited the only the Plantation Walker div. (TWH's only) shows gaits other than W/T/C or reasonable variations of it. Breed shows might change division titles. I've actually seen Friesian entries in saddle seat classes, really spectacular, and the division rules meant that they didn't have to rack or anything beyond normal (i.e. Gorgeous) Friesian gaits.
         
        12-02-2009, 08:51 AM
      #4
    Weanling
    If she's got a TWH it's gaited. I think by teaching him she means getting him used to the tack involved.
         
        12-02-2009, 03:54 PM
      #5
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by riccil0ve    
    You can correct me if I'm wrong, because I'm not really sure, but aren't saddleseat horses gaited? Is your horse gaited? And if not, can you teach a non-gaited horse to gait?

    You just said you wanted to teach him, so I'm kind of confused, lol.
    Some saddleseat horses are gaited. The purpose of Saddleseat is basically to show off horse's flashy gaits especially at the trot. Lots of TN Walker's are trained Saddleseat. Breeds that are mostly shown Saddleseat are Saddlebreds (of course, most common, 5-gaited and 3-gaited), TN Walkers, Morgans, Arabs, and recently Friesians. He's a TN Walker, so he is gaited. I think you can teach a non-gaited horse to gait, but only by use of heavy weights, which is kinda cruel if you ask me. I want to get him used to the tack and get him to keep his head high and other stuff like that.
         
        12-14-2009, 01:31 AM
      #6
    Started
    www.asha.net has a GREAT Stable Search tool. It is right under the banner to the left. North Carolina is FULL of Saddlebred Barns it seems, so it should not be too hasrd to find a barn near you. Some of the BEST Saddlebred people in the industry are in NC.
         

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