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    11-22-2010, 10:09 AM
any SSH owner out there

After riding QH types forever, I couldn't resist this boy. After doing some reading on the breed and the price on him. Well I just had to bring him home... I rode him with my husband (on a paint Qh type) and he did great, he walked slowly when asked and gaited and even let me put him in a canter a bit. Although after a few strides in canter, he seems to get confussed about what to do with his back feet and breaks stride. Although, when he is in the grove, his canter is awesome...anyone have any info or tips on owning this breed? Thanks and ride safe !!!
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    11-22-2010, 01:57 PM
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They're one of my favorite breeds. I've ridden and worked with various SSHs and am in the process of buying one of my very own, and the number one thing to love about is that they LOVE people. They're generally very in your pocket horses. They're curious, smart, and people pleasers to the extreme. They're some of the most willing horses I've ever been around and have a lot of heart. They're like little kids; the kind of horses I can picture yelling, "Good morning, Momma!" while they're running to you from the pasture.

As far as that canter, the transition from a gait (four beats) to a canter (three beats) can be a little rough. They tend to get their legs a little discombobulated. It's normal and gets better with practice.
    11-22-2010, 03:10 PM
That't the breed of the horse Arthur and I competed against a lot in the gaited classes at fair this summer. We got 1st in the Pleasure, they got 2nd, they got 1st in the Eq, we got He's cute!
    11-22-2010, 03:38 PM
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    11-22-2010, 03:39 PM
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    11-22-2010, 03:42 PM
OOOOhhh. Ok, thnx!
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    11-22-2010, 04:06 PM
I am a QH girl all my life... then... my hubby who rode TWH's finally talked me into riding a TWH.. man what a difference from the trot to the gait. My hubby and I bought 2, SSH last spring. My mare is big butted and broad chested like a QH. The one thing I didn't like about TWH was the bird chest and long lanky body. BUT, I finally found the perfect mare for me. She is not as smooth as I would like but she is smooth enough! She does have a wierd gait... she sometimes canters in the front and gaits in the back. It feels really funny to ride but is very smooth so I don't mind it. Hubby thinks it looks funny but as long as it's smooth and she can do it, I'm all for it.

    11-22-2010, 06:53 PM
My boy is a SSH also! He's an absolute doll! Sundance has an amazing personality, and is super sweet. I couldn't have found a horse with a better attitude! :) He's my dream horse, and I don't think I could ever part with him. Lol. He's a great ride, and smooth as can be when he hits his rack just right. I've always loved gaited horses, and spotteds as well. So I really lucked up when I found him. He's exactly what I was looking for but thought I'd never find. This is Sundance, he's a Bay Tobiano...

    11-22-2010, 10:44 PM
I have 1 SSH. She is my husbands horse and my back up. She is 19 and just a lovely girl! I have Mountain horses and she is double registered as a spotted mountain horse also. I love spotted horses and we were very lucky to be able to find such a wonderful girl!

    11-22-2010, 11:01 PM
Rhonda, yeah, I so know what you mean about the canter in front and gait in the rear.. it's really a pretty cool way of going......I like the thicker horses too and my boy has the small chest, but a fairly nice rear...they are a very different ride.....

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