Originally Posted by Saddlebred
churumbeque, I don't want to sound rude, but you're completely wrong. Saddlebreds are just as versatile as any breed out there. Yes, even quarter horse. I say that because they can do anything quarter horse can do, with the addition of saddle seat/show (and you don't see many QHs doing that). What? You don't believe me? Well, take a look...
Discipline saddlebreds are seen doing (with style): What exactly is a saddlebred? - Yahoo! Answers
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They may not be popular reining and cutting, but im sure with enough training they can do anything they want.
So, don't say my breed can't do anything but show. That just shows everyone how completely ignorant you are about the breed.
Indeed? How many have won doing events at the Stampede or NFR? How many have won the Tevis? The Rolex or Spruce Meadows?
Saddlebreds are just fine for what they do, but they were not bread as a "generalist" horse but a "specialist" horse, I.e., a comfortable and stylish mount to get from here to there.
Some horses are generalists (QHs, TWHs, Mangalarga Marchadors, etc.). Some are specialists (TBs, Racking Horses, Standardbreds, etc.). A generalist is neither superior nor inferior to a specialist (or vice versa) unless you're talking about that specialty.
Put another way, you can fit a square peg into a round hole but it's going to tough on the peg, the hole, and person swinging the hammer.