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  • High strung sensitive appolosa mare
  • Are appaloosa horses high strung

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    09-30-2010, 01:05 AM
  #11
Foal
I am considering purchasing a Saddlebred from my barn, and I was just about to post the same question you had about Appy's!

I rode this Saddlebred for the first time today, and I would say they are on the more high-strung side. She was great. Sensitive, and alert, but not over-reactive, and lot's of go. Oh, and smooooothhh gaits. Very comfy ride. I have to ride her more, but I think Saddlebreds are a great breed. It's hard to determine the temperament of an entire breed off just a few horses, because there are so many variables involved.

I have ridden Appaloosa's, and the ones that I have ridden have been great. I would consider buying one, but they seem to be hard to come by in these parts. The Appy's I have ridden seem very quarter horse like in temperament.

Finally, I can say both breeds have a lot of history, so you should find some very good information about them in books, online, etc.
     
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    09-30-2010, 01:11 AM
  #12
Foal
Amerea I think your appy is a cutie :) I think personality has so much to do with me loving a horse. I don't care if my allie was BUTT ugly, if she treated me good i'd still think she was beautiful! ( she isn't butt ugly, but you get the point)
     
    09-30-2010, 01:13 AM
  #13
Yearling
Rain has a personality like no other! She is a HUGE love bug! Look in the Horse Pictures forum for the thread called Spencer's First Trail Ride. He used her for trail riding and he's only 6! She is worth a million times her weight in gold!
     
    09-30-2010, 01:13 AM
  #14
Foal
JenC, I love the saddlebreds that are kept in our field, but I just can't ride them. I don't have enough experience to handle them, and even if I did I don't think i'd ride them. I prefer a more calm, less easliy spooked horse. The two in our field spook reallllly easily. I don't trust them with me or my kiddos. Not saying anything bad about the breed, they just aren't my style :) they are soooo pretty though!
     
    09-30-2010, 01:20 AM
  #15
Foal
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Originally Posted by moores77    
JenC, I love the saddlebreds that are kept in our field, but I just can't ride them. I don't have enough experience to handle them, and even if I did I don't think i'd ride them. I prefer a more calm, less easliy spooked horse. The two in our field spook reallllly easily. I don't trust them with me or my kiddos. Not saying anything bad about the breed, they just aren't my style :) they are soooo pretty though!
OK, gotcha. I wouldn't want my family on a spooky horse either! Congratulations on your new Appaloosa!
     
    09-30-2010, 08:58 AM
  #16
Weanling
There are PLENTY of saddlebreds that are good family horses!!
In any breed there are some that have a lot more energy than others. Saddleseat horses are supposed to have a lot of go and to be aware, that's what the asb's are bred for. They train them to be looking, ears up. This breed is a proud one, nothing like most breeds. There are a lot of easy going ones too.
Sounds like the inlaws fell in love with a couple of show horses and thought all the training meant easy to ride. Not always true. If you are riding a well trained asb, you better know what your doing. They are SMART and if they don't like you or the way you ride, you're going to have a RIDE. If they like you they will go to the ends of the earth for you. They are smart and if you don't use them the can get rude under saddle, like anysmart breed.

A SADDLE PAD IS NOT A CHOICE, ITS A REQUIREMENT!!!! Doesnt matter how long your going to ride for.
     
    09-30-2010, 10:19 AM
  #17
Foal
Never meant to "insult" saddlebreds. They just aren't my breed.
     
    09-30-2010, 11:07 AM
  #18
Yearling
Thanks for the compliment. I love my boy lol =)

SaddleDragon, no one ever said otherwise. Moores gets the picture of the saddle pad. No need to be rude about it. We all learn at some point and should never stop learning.
     
    09-30-2010, 11:14 AM
  #19
Yearling
A SADDLE PAD IS NOT A CHOICE, ITS A REQUIREMENT!!!! Doesnt matter how long your going to ride for.[/QUOTE]



Thank you!!!!
     
    09-30-2010, 12:00 PM
  #20
Trained
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Originally Posted by Zeke    
I'm learning more and more about saddlebreds at my new barn. Many are very high strung, keep in mind they are often used for racing. The one I've personally seen working and have hung out with a bit was a total sweetheart, but had lots of go!
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Erm, I think your thinking about STANDARDBREDS not Saddlebreds...big difference there! Yes, a Standardbred IS a racehorse and some pace, but they don't gait like a Saddlebred does. Saddlebreds are a gaited horse, used for riding and pleasure driving. They can be high strung, but with proper work they make excellent riding horses; I've owned a couple of crosses, and they were SO smart! The spotted saddle horse filly I owned, I would probably still have, if she hadn't been stunted when I got her (rescued her).

OP I have owned an Appy, and probably won't own another...I have had several friends who have them and while they can be calm, alot of them have a weird quirky side that I just don't care for...call it stubborness or otherwise. The Appy I had was spoiled rotten when I got him, so I think that's why he was a nut job...he could ride nice somedays and others it was a nightmare getting on. I prefer a Quarter Horse, or Arabian, myself.
     

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