Is soring a problem with park horses like it is for Big Lick horses? Sorry if this was stated already, I don't want to read all ten pages.
I'm curious simply because they do lift their feet REALLY high. However I think it's pretty... I'll be dissappointed if I find out a majority of them are abused:P
Argh, let old threads die. This had to be searched for.
Saddlebred/Morgan/Arab etc Park horses are not sored, because you cannot sore a trotting horse. The mechanics of the trot is different from the walking horse gait. A trotting horse that is in pain or sore or off just a little bit will lose all "motion". Shoeing can help, but if a trotting horse is not born with the ability, no amount of shoeing or training will give it to them. We call these horses western pleasure prospects, hunt seat prospects, and sport prospects. LOL!
American Saddlebreds are specifically bred to have that high knee action, and it is exhibited from birth.
That is not to say that Saddlebreds are not abused, as there is PlENTY of abuse going around, it is just that soring is not one of them. Posted via Mobile Device
I personally do "leisure" riding. I don't compete in anything and never have. I have always been a spectator at shows etc.
From a stranger's perspective with no education at all on this style of riding I must say that it does look rather uncomfortable for the horse. It looks like a very "strict" riding style. I feel like the horse isn't able to move in a natural and comfortable way. I wonder what kind of extensive training and tools goes into this riding style.
I've watched someone ride their Saddlebred horse in this style and..there seem to be so many "tie downs" and "restraints" . I almost feel bad for the horses.
My opinion is that this riding style is more for the rider's image and comfort. There is supposed to be a sense of "we work as a team" between you and your horse. When I see Saddle Seat I think of " I am the boss and you are the servant". I feel like most people who watch Saddle Seat would feel sorry or bad for the horse. It appears so uncomfortable and uptight.
To be honest, most people you will find in the stands at a Saddlebred Show, or watching online, feel that these are the most beautiful horses in the world. Horses that are exuberant, beautiful, and have tons of personality. Claiming that "most people who watch Saddleseat" would feel the same as you is absurd.
Usually, the comment I hear most about our riding style is that we are just passengers. This is the first time I have heard our style looks like servitude.
To me, you find servitude in Dressage. Every movement strictly controlled. Every action must be precise and perfect or it counts drastically against you. Not knocking dressage. Precision is great. Our horses are allowed to show some life, some personality. They are allowed some mistakes. They are allowed to show that they are living beings with minds. They are allowed to do what they are bred for.
I am just speaking Saddlebreds, as they are my life. I cannot say a thing about any other breed.
I visited a nearby facility and watched a "reputable trainer" and she had several leather straps/restraints on her Saddlebred gelding in training. I asked her what they were for and her response was "to keep his head positioned properly." I apologize. I was under the assumption that they were MADE to carry their heads so high. I didn't know they were born that way.