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post #11 of 39 Old 06-12-2012, 03:10 PM
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pretty horses, I dont personally care for the tail set on the show horses, not natural. not starting a debate. Just my opinion, but they are pretty.
I like the natural step, over the exaggerated high step.

Doesn't that tail set come from breaking the tail, and then resetting it in that strange position? kind of like binding feet in China.


rather than breaking, I mean the cutting of the ligaments . someone knowledgeable can explain.

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Not at all. When I get home from work, I will elaborate, but I will say that no the tails are not broken. It is highly debated in the ASB community, but I will go into it later. :)
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Not at all. When I get home from work, I will elaborate, but I will say that no the tails are not broken. It is highly debated in the ASB community, but I will go into it later. :)
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No the tails are not broken there is a tendon that is cut so it will stretch that far. If you take the tailsets off and leave them off the tail will go back to its normall position. And yes they still can swish flies with it.
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What an interesting post, thank you for educating me. How would you describe the conformation characteristics of a SB? How would I recognise one from just a picture of one standing?

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What an interesting post, thank you for educating me. How would you describe the conformation characteristics of a SB? How would I recognise one from just a picture of one standing?
They are normally pretty narrow. Their heads are set higher than normal. They have a farley small throatlatch and a narrow forehead around 14in. Saddlebred showhorses normally stand parked out. My farrier wich is also an eventer trainer says my saddlebred has the bodie of a thoroughbred and the head of a saddlebred. But he is full blooded... They have a naturally higher step at all gaits then regular horses. If you ever see a barefoot saddlebred run in the pasture it really is a sight to see they are gorgeous... When I recover from my recent accident(my horse flipped over ontop of me.) I will post a new thread with a video of him moving. He is currently barefoot.
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Well, I have known quite a few that look like TBs, especially a few older broodmares that have settled into their pasture bodies. LOL. That is because the American Saddlebred is the product of the Thoroughbred. It wasn't until about ten years after the first TBs were brought from England that the first "Saddlers" were ever mentioned. Basically, they wanted to make the luxury SUV. They wanted speed and comfort. They wanted good willing attitudes and intelligence. They also wanted attractive animals that would look fabulous driving to church on Sunday.
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I learned how to ride on Saddlebreds,and now have two Saddlebred crosses of my own. They're a very versatile breed breed with alot of history behind them,I personally love them..
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I took saddleseat lessons last year and it wasn't really my cup of tea, but I love the breed. They're so beautiful and such kind horses. I've never seen any of our saddlebreds get upset or angry over anything. I love riding them on occasion, it's just not something I would do every day. But they are a lot of fun!
One of my favorites is a one eyed saddlebred named Glory. She's such a sweetheart and so smooth to ride.
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Isn't that the beauty of equestrian sports? There is something for everyone. If you don't like something there is always something else to do. :)
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Elmer Bandit and Wing Tempo are my heroes! I've actually met (and was judged by!) Wing Tempo's owner, Shirley. She's from my NATRC region!
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