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    06-19-2012, 12:11 AM
Oh that is so cool!
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    07-01-2012, 06:04 PM
Thank you for posting this thread. As my handle states I am an ASB fan. I own two beautiful ASB's and they are the loves of my life. They are so loving and friendly. My 3.5 y.o. Daughter loves to take pony rides on my mare and this mare KNOWS she has precious cargo and is extra careful when DD is around.
    07-04-2012, 07:08 AM
Never seen a sabblebred in my life! But I LOVE the Hackney breed and the Dutch Harness Horses which are pretty common here so I do like the saddlebreds :)
    07-04-2012, 09:24 AM
Hackneys go hand in hand with Saddlebreds. If you go to a saddlebred show here, there are three breeds you will see at every show. The stars, the American Saddlebred; the flash and pomp, the Hackney; and the down and dirty speed demons, your Standardbred Roadster. Those three are guaranteed, and other breeds vary at other shows. You see DHHs at Jr League as well as Friesians on Thursday night, at the county fairs you have the racking horses and open classes where you will see plenty of drafts in SS tack, some have Arabian costume classes... They are a blast!

Just a plug, next week the MAJOR show, the Lexington Jr League show will be webcast, and I think for free. I will post the links when it is time. Everyone should watch!
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    07-04-2012, 09:29 AM
Thank you for posting this. I could watch those videos a million times. Saddlebreds are my favorite breed and even though we are at an Arabian Barn now, I always bring an extra carrot for George, the lone Saddlebred at the barn. I had the pleasure to learn under the late Jimmy Glidewell and from then on Saddlebreds have had a special place in my heart.
    07-05-2012, 02:13 AM
Oh my goodness! Check this out!
Saving the Nation’s Oldest and Largest Public Saddlebred Horse Stable Saddlebred Horse History Channel

How cool is that!
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    07-05-2012, 10:44 AM
I love the beauty of the saddlebreds. My horse Joey is half Arab half American Saddlebred and is an awesomely intelligent, beautiful, versatile, and has wonderful smoothness in his gaits. I just love the way he can rise to any challenge I put in front of him. Love these horses!
    07-09-2012, 09:55 PM
Whoo! The Lexington Junior League show started tonight and is free to watch online all week!

Just go to Richfield Video and watch some of the best saddlebreds in the country compete.
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    07-09-2012, 11:22 PM
Yes, Saddlebreds are incredible if you can find an old style one. For the most part the breed today is a shadow of what it once was over 100 years ago. Breeding for show has resulted in (my opionion) negative changes. It's much less common to find them with the dense, heavy cannon bones they had in the mid 1800's (but they weren't know as Saddlebreds then, but Saddlers, Saddlehorses or Kentucky Saddlers, etc....) and even in the 1890's when the breed name was established. You also far to many of them them not naturally gaited (i.e. No training needed, they just gait naturally) which was the norm originally and one of the things that made them one of the darlings of mounted troops back then as well as plantation owners. As a breed they were once noted for the ability to ride over 50 miles a day for multiple days and be as fit the next day as the day before. Takes a good horse to be able to do that for a week. Not even most endurance riders would do over 50 miles a day for 5 days and expect a horse to hold up for a battle on day 6.
It is a pity that the for the sake of creating show horses the breed as whole as been so altered.
As for fixing the tail. Even that is something that wasn't always needed. I've had my youngest Saddlebred cross since she was a filly and she's never had anything done with her tale. She'll run through the pasture with her tail held high like a flag pole, the hair falling to one side and flowing behind her, but her cousin, my older mare, same breeding with different bloodlines, never lifts her tail except slightly to pass gas, poop or propted for a temp check.
I only we could have kept the breed as what it had been before the show breeders got started on them.
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    07-10-2012, 01:09 AM
Ah yes. Those dreaded evil show horse breeders, trainers, owners supporters. Yes, the breed has changed in the last 200 years. Yes the breed has changed in the last 50 years. Yes, the breed has changed in the last 20 years. 10 years even. The influence of circumstances will change the breed. As horses were phased out of being necessities for farming and transportation, so their jobs were altered. As time progresses, there will be yet more changes to the breed in appearance, abilty, form, and function. Some lines are still true to form, and not these dainty little whisps. If you study the stallions available today(check out futurity auctions this coming spring) you can find many a horse of substance and still be appealing to modern show peoples.
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