Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Western Massachusetts
Saddlebred Sport Horses?
I've ridden with a trainer for a long time who is very involved with Saddlebreds and National Show Horses. I've ridden lots of Saddlebreds, they were always Saddleseat horses ridden by myself in hunter tack. I am not a saddleseat rider by any stretch of the imagination! I applaud those who do it, as I've shown it on the lower levels and it is exceptionally challenging. However, saddleseat riding is just not my cup of tea. It doesn't hold my interest, and I am just not good at it.
I am a hunter/jumper rider, that's where my current focus is. But I am really looking to stretch out into Dressage and Jumpers, and I know that I have an interest there.
So I was wondering, how many people have seen Saddlebreds used successfully in these disciplines? I love them personally, and from what I have seen of their movement I would think they are perfectly capable of advancing in dressage. I'm not saying every Saddlebred would, but I do think a lot of them could do it. And I was wondering if anyone had any opinions on Saddlebreds as sport horses.