Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: In Sunny, HOT and HUMID S.C.
Saddlebreds have been bred to be llighter and more "refined" looking than they were 100 years ago. Todays Saddlebreds are not like their great-great-great-great-great grandparents who, along with the Morgans, were the darlings of the US Cav. Back then they were a much more robust animal like the Morgans. Today they are much lighter boned and weight. A lot of breeding geared for show. Much like TB today are not as robust as they were a couple hundred years ago. As uses for animals change the breeders move in the direction of the uses. The show horse that today's Saddlebred are breed to be don't need to meet the work requirements that the US Cav horse had to. E.g. Be an animal that can carry over a 200 lb load (standard load -saddle, gear, etc.. 90 lbs added to the troopers weight) 300 miles in 5 days and not be broken down.
They have been bred into a lighter breed today. Heavy or light, they are a good riding horse. I do love the times when I come across a heavier Saddlebred. Nice seeing what had been the normal size long ago. The way my grandparents would have remembered them.