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post #1 of 18 Old 02-04-2013, 10:23 AM Thread Starter
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Are Florida Crackers naturally gaited ?
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post #2 of 18 Old 02-04-2013, 12:01 PM
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I honestly have never heard of them, so Google got my business, once again.

Florida Cracker Horse Association

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While this external type is distinctive, breed proponents insist that the best way to tell a Cracker Horse is to ride one. The ground covering gaits found in these horses include the flatfoot walk, running walk, trot and ambling gaits
I figured as soon as the article started out calling them "saddle horses", they had an intermediate gait that isn't a trot. "saddling" is a common term in the south for horses (at least in my area) with an intermediate, non-trotting gait

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I always wondered where the term Spotted Saddle Horse came from.


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I figured as soon as the article started out calling them "saddle horses", they had an intermediate gait that isn't a trot. "saddling" is a common term in the south for horses (at least in my area) with an intermediate, non-trotting gait
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A spotted saddle horse is a horse that has spots and that has some gait other than a trot. It can be a TWH or a MFT a PF or a mix.
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I knew what the term "spotted" meant, but I never could figure out what a saddle horse was.

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I knew what the term "spotted" meant, but I never could figure out what a saddle horse was.

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I'm originally from the OH/PA border and had to learn a whole new set of colloquialisms when I retired south of the Mason-Dixon; one of them being "how well does that horse saddle?"

I quickly realized they weren't talking about how well a horse stands to be saddled, and finally gave in one day, asking someone what "saddling" meant. Of course he looked at me like I was the dumbest person east of the Mississippi, but I at least got an explanation

"Saddle Horses" gait. They are allowed to do a variety of intermediate gaits, although it seemed the preference within this particular saddling circle was a rack. But, whatever the Saddle Horse does perform, it needs to perform it well.

At least that's how "saddling" was explained to me
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I'm originally from the OH/PA border and had to learn a whole new set of colloquialisms when I retired south of the Mason-Dixon; one of them being "how well does that horse saddle?"

I quickly realized they weren't talking about how well a horse stands to be saddled, and finally gave in one day, asking someone what "saddling" meant. Of course he looked at me like I was the dumbest person east of the Mississippi, but I at least got an explanation

"Saddle Horses" gait. They are allowed to do a variety of intermediate gaits, although it seemed the preference within this particular saddling circle was a rack. But, whatever the Saddle Horse does perform, it needs to perform it well.

At least that's how "saddling" was explained to me
This is a correct explanation!!!

The world of horsemanship is full of "short hand expressions" that can vary widely from area to area, discipline to discipline, etc. Because the "gaited horse community" is somewhat isolated from the larger equine world the "colloquialisms" are more common and long-lasting.

It's interesting that while some horse breeds are defined by a specific gait (running walk, rack, paso fino, etc.) the Cracker Horse is defined by the lack of a gait, the trot. Just goes to show you how diverse the world can be!!!

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SSH are registrable and are TWH or Racking Horses, and in some cases can be registered all 3 registries.

There are many gaited breeds, and different gaits peculiar to them, although some can hit 2 or more.

I think the McCurdy Plantation Horses are pretty cool too.

http://iceryder.net/symmetricalgaits.html

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