Wow, what's with the Saddlebred haters? Is there an international holiday we missed?
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Oh, yes. It is like a phase of the moon. Once one goes up, another or three come soon after.. Then the posters go away or find something else to fuss about. I have been here since 2008. These types of threads usually pop up one after another. I am expecting one or two more to be posted within this next week. Keep an eye on the Riding and English Riding sections.
I do find it funny THIS topic was what a brand new member would decide to post. "Hi! I am new to the forum! How about them Saddlebreds. Gosh they aren't as pretty as other horses, and every single one of them is tortured and abused. I know because I showed in one barn years ago, and went to a handful of shows. My sample size is valid. Oh boy! This is a great way to introduce myself to the forum! People will love me!"
Sarcastic fussing rant out of the way, WELCOME TO THE FORUM!
If you are looking for horse shows try Horse Shows - Horse Show Central
. You can search by breed and by location. It is a GREAT site.
I just want to address a few points, before I spend the time to go through your posts(not for you. chances are your mind is made up. My responses to correct your poor information is for those who might be reading who might be inclined to think that your knowledge represents the whole). In regards to show horses not having a very long lifespan, or being ruined, or whatever you said.
This horse never had a lame day in his life. He lived to around 30. He was gaited, he was shown, he was a breeding horse. He wasn't a good breeding horse, so he was gelded, and turned into a youth show horse/lesson horse.
THIS tough sister lived to 31. She didn't want to go then.
One of my friend's three gaited horses was still getting blue ribbons in big classes with her horse, who she retired from the show ring last year at the big age of 21. He still frets when the trailer leaves without him. I would post pictures, but I haven't asked permission.
William Shatner's fine harness horse "Call Me Ringo" has had a show career of 15 years(longer if you count his futurity classes), AND has been a greatly successful breeding horse.
There are many more examples, but those will do for now. Give me a little while and I will have a more expansive response.