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post #11 of 22 Old 10-17-2012, 11:45 AM
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Saddlebreds are not a "gaited" horse by the correct definition of the word. Some individuals are selected to learn the extra gaits, but they are predominately a trotting horse.

They are also a fine choice for endurance. I don't know about jumping. I don't jump. I know nothing about what is needed. I know they DO jump. I have seen them jump successfully, I just don't know how "good" they are for it. They look "good" to me, but again, I know nothing.

As for endurance, the current second place mileage record holder for competitive trail rides(who was first until a couple of years ago) was a Saddlebred by the name of Wing Tempo. He was beaten by a half arab named Elmer Bandit. They have all the heart in the world and will give everything to a job if you let them. You have to be selective, and find the right one for the job, but it is not that hard if you have help looking.

God, I wish I could figure my colt out and get him fit for endurance. He would love being outside and running. He could run all day and not break a sweat. He just gets in his own way and gets mad, so training him has been an event.
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post #12 of 22 Old 10-17-2012, 12:36 PM
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OTTB all the way. The definitely have the heart to do anything you throw at them.
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post #13 of 22 Old 10-20-2012, 03:48 PM
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I think an Anglo-Arab would be the perfect choice. Arabians are excellent at endurance and trail, and some can really jump well. And the TB will add more height and more jumping ability.

Hey, I'm from Eau Claire too!
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post #14 of 22 Old 10-20-2012, 07:38 PM
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I would defiantly suggest a Arab or Anglo Arab. pure Arabs are the best of the best in endurance and I think some have made it into the Olympics for jumping and stuff.
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post #15 of 22 Old 10-21-2012, 11:03 PM
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I agree with arab crosses. They are sturdy little guys. We have a 23 year old arab that stands at 14.3 and he's still going strong Some people forget they carried full grown men through the desert lol

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post #16 of 22 Old 10-23-2012, 11:41 AM
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My vote goes to the Saddlebred. I own 4... Because, of the many breeds I have worked with, the Saddlebred has utterly charmed me. I do not, nor have I ever ridden Saddleseat. They are not a truly gaited breed, very few individuals gait "naturally".

Sport bred individuals of the breed are heavier in bone than a TB, but have a TB type body and often excel at jumping. (Looking at their conformation it's not really hard to see why either) they were once bred as military mounts - because their easy gaits were comfortable to ride all day, they had power, speed, courage and a will to please. Not that many years ago the breed was a favorite for puissance jumping (the one where they jump impossibly high walls) , many horses of that discipline were full Saddlebred or part breds.

They do well in endurance (I know my own sure can go and go and go...)... I do dressage, game, jump, cross country, western pleasure (open classes, not breed classes), I have used them to round up sheep. They have started getting major recognition in the combined driving sport as well.

None of mine are what I would call high strung, or skittish, and ALL of them are very intelligent. So far I haven't found anything they won't give a try to... And with all their being. They make a fine competition mount, then are able to go home and give pony rides to the whole family.

(Ok, sales pitch over .... )
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My vote goes to the Saddlebred. I own 4... Because, of the many breeds I have worked with, the Saddlebred has utterly charmed me. I do not, nor have I ever ridden Saddleseat. They are not a truly gaited breed, very few individuals gait "naturally".

Sport bred individuals of the breed are heavier in bone than a TB, but have a TB type body and often excel at jumping. (Looking at their conformation it's not really hard to see why either) they were once bred as military mounts - because their easy gaits were comfortable to ride all day, they had power, speed, courage and a will to please. Not that many years ago the breed was a favorite for puissance jumping (the one where they jump impossibly high walls) , many horses of that discipline were full Saddlebred or part breds.

They do well in endurance (I know my own sure can go and go and go...)... I do dressage, game, jump, cross country, western pleasure (open classes, not breed classes), I have used them to round up sheep. They have started getting major recognition in the combined driving sport as well.

None of mine are what I would call high strung, or skittish, and ALL of them are very intelligent. So far I haven't found anything they won't give a try to... And with all their being. They make a fine competition mount, then are able to go home and give pony rides to the whole family.

(Ok, sales pitch over .... )
If you weren't so far from me you would've just sold me one
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post #18 of 22 Old 10-23-2012, 02:04 PM
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LOL... I'll bet they are even easier to find nearer to you. I actually bought 3 of mine out of province, I lucked into the fourth.

I actually started out very dubious based on my preconceived ideas about the breed... But they have won me over.
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post #19 of 22 Old 10-23-2012, 02:29 PM
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I have yet to see one offered here. Very rarely a NSH, but only because there are a bunch of Arabian breeders here.
From what I understand the south and Amish country is where I should look.....
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Without know where, exactly you are... This just popped onto my screen...
http://http://www.equinenow.com/saddlebredcalifornia.htm

http://www.horseclicks.com/saddlebre...orses-for-sale

http://www.equine.com/6-5-63/califor...-for-sale.html


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