And look where that WBs neck is compared to the young saddlebred. They are bred and made for two different things. To ask that WB foal to set up like a saddleseat horse would be...wrong. You would not get a good result. At all. He could pick his knees up to the stars, but his overall conformation makes him unsuitable as a saddleseat horse. Lucky for him, he will shine elsewhere.
Likewise a saddlebred foal that is born with all the motion in the world that is born "forward headed" like that, will never make a saddleseat horse. Or all neck, no motion. We had a colt here that could stick his ears in your mouth when you were on him. Plus he was super refined, was a good sized horse, and exquisitely beautiful. He would have tripped over a broom handle. Most quarter horses lifted their feet higher. He was not a saddleseat horse. We cannot force them to pick their feet up if they arent made for it. They have to be built correctly to do the job. Same with jumpers. Same with dressage. Same with reiners. Same with working drafts.
If you were to compare videos of those foals, you would see would see two totally different things. Which is why one is suited for one thing, and the other another.
You can also compare the saddles. Cutback saddles are made to remove as much interference as possible. Thy are light, they are thin, and they allow for as much freedom of movement as possible. We don't use a lot of leg cues, but we do need to stay out of our horse's way. They are made to help the horse do his thing. They are made to help the rider do his thing too. Jumping saddles are made to help the horse and rider while jumping, same with dressage, hunt, and western saddles. They are all made for a purpose.
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Last edited by LadyDreamer; 03-11-2013 at 01:20 AM.