I still rember the first time I saw one.
I have had several over the years. All I own is arabs and saddlebreds.
Saddlebreds are very in tune with their people. Always wanting to please you. They rember everything you do, If your good to them theyll be good to you. They tend to have a lot of go and animation. There is a lot more versatility to the breed than people think. The do well in all type of diciplines. Gaining popularity with the H/J and dressage people. I do know of one that's doing endurance too.
There are a lot of myths about the breed.
We don't force their heads up, they are built to have a PROUD headset!
They are NOT all gaited. Some are, but not all.
We don't break their tails, a tendon is knicked. The tail works just like normal, just afterwards they can raise it higher.
The shoes are not as heavy as some breeds. And it is legal to show barefooted.
Here are a couple of good sites to learn about the breed.
Good luck, I LOVE the breed and will NEVER be without atleast 1 or 2. Trot.org Forums - Powered by vBulletin ASHA - American Saddlebred Horse Association