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        08-24-2013, 09:56 AM
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    Foal
    Saddlebreds

    I was raised with quarters and Arabs and have recently been exposed to walkers. I'm not much into the gaited ride but my mom,husband and daughter are. My husband bought a saddlebred in may. She was a 3 year old tiny bag of bones that had already had a baby and a very hard life. She has become the most amazing horse.

    We have put about 300 lbs on her and cleaned her up. My husband has been working with her with the natural horseman training. She is the smartest most affectionate horse I have ever been around. My husband has only been riding since April and very new to horses but seems to have a gift has done wonders with her. She loves people but has an amazing bond with him. She's more like a loyal dog or even like a child with him.

    I was thrown on Mother's Day by an awful horse and hurt badly and have lost my confedance and am now a nervousness rider but she will let me on her and treats me very well. My daughter can rider her. She is just an amazing animal. And I love her gaits.

    My question is....are all saddlebreds like her? This affectionate and bonding? I'm shopping for my own horse and leaning towards a saddlebred because of her. She is the only one I've been exposed to. But if this behavior is breed specific then I defiantly will be buy one.

    Thanks in advance for any advice and input
         
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        08-24-2013, 10:42 AM
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    Weanling
    Just like any breed of horse it depends on how the horse was raised or treated. Not all horses are like her. You also need to look at the horses bloodlines. Some bloodlines are calmer and more loving if you look at the horses lines. My arab comes from a vary loyal bloodlines and he has bonded with me like foal to momma.
         
        08-24-2013, 12:35 PM
      #3
    Foal
    Thanks

    It's always been my experience that every breed has the "good,the bad and the ugly" lol. We don't know anything about her bloodlines because she was bought at an auction as a grade mare and resold to us. But I would have to say she was registered at one time. We just can't get any info from the guy we bought her from. I'm pretty sure she was abused and we know she had been neglected.

    Poor baby raises her leg and shakes it wet time she eats because she's so happy and excited to have food. :(.
         
        08-24-2013, 07:41 PM
      #4
    Foal
    She sounds like a love. I have been around ASB for many years (decades even), and I would also say all horses are individual..you will always have some variation due to breeding or handling. However, in my experience many ASBs have very people-oriented personalities as you describe. They've been bred for over 200 yrs specifically to be a reliable and smooth riding horse and temperament is part of that. Although many people only see them in the show ring and consider them hotter, the reality is, they can be quite docile outside the show ring and a lot of that 'show' is part of the training.

    If you are looking for a horse for yourself, where temperament is paramount, keep an open mind and eye...it is always best to look at the individual horse in front of you as objectively as possible.

    As for identifying your mare, consider contacting Saddlebred Rescue. They have a lot of experience IDing horses that have been lost in the auction system and should be able to help you. They will likely need photos that clearly show your mare's markings.
    AMERICAN HORSE ADOPTION operated by Saddlebred Rescue Inc. A 501(c)(3) horse rescue

    Good luck, she is lucky to have found you!
         
        08-24-2013, 08:44 PM
      #5
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by cb06    
    She sounds like a love. I have been around ASB for many years (decades even), and I would also say all horses are individual..you will always have some variation due to breeding or handling. However, in my experience many ASBs have very people-oriented personalities as you describe. They've been bred for over 200 yrs specifically to be a reliable and smooth riding horse and temperament is part of that. Although many people only see them in the show ring and consider them hotter, the reality is, they can be quite docile outside the show ring and a lot of that 'show' is part of the training.

    If you are looking for a horse for yourself, where temperament is paramount, keep an open mind and eye...it is always best to look at the individual horse in front of you as objectively as possible.

    As for identifying your mare, consider contacting Saddlebred Rescue. They have a lot of experience IDing horses that have been lost in the auction system and should be able to help you. They will likely need photos that clearly show your mare's markings.
    AMERICAN HORSE ADOPTION operated by Saddlebred Rescue Inc. A 501(c)(3) horse rescue

    Good luck, she is lucky to have found you!
    She is such a love!!!!!! I have been around a lot of great horses in my life but never one like this. I'm so impressed with her. She is so greatfull and so loving. She can look very "hot" but is so docile and loving. We don't really care about papers or blood lines but I'm curious what her blood lines are just because of her temperament. We are not into showing and only want horses for trail riding and the joy they can bring us. I was raised on a horse farm and have looked forward for so many years to having my own and the "accident" has hurt me so much emotionally. I feel like have have been set back so far! :(. I need an animal I can bond with and learn to trust. My husband is so into riding now as is my daughter and I want to share the joy with them. I'm the only one in the house with any experience but feel like the one most lacking now. :(
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        08-24-2013, 09:04 PM
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    Yearling
    As everyone has already stated, every horse is an individual within every breed. That said, I have been around hundreds of Saddlebreds in my lifetime and MOST of them have been extremely loving, people oriented horses. What you put into them, they definitely give back. I would love to see pictures of your baby, if you are willing/able to share them.
    :)
         
        08-24-2013, 09:24 PM
      #7
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by Inga    
    As everyone has already stated, every horse is an individual within every breed. That said, I have been around hundreds of Saddlebreds in my lifetime and MOST of them have been extremely loving, people oriented horses. What you put into them, they definitely give back. I would love to see pictures of your baby, if you are willing/able to share them.
    :)
    I will upload pix as soon as I can figure out how too. Lol she is beautiful. Chestnut with flaxin mane and tale.
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        08-24-2013, 09:31 PM
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    Yearling
    I have had my saddlebred for about 3 months, and I'm deeply in love already! I can say that none of my experiences with him thus far have been negative in any way. He is a show horse, but he is never hot at all. So to put my two cents in, I am starting to love the breed a lot.
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        08-25-2013, 12:00 PM
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    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by Lilweedie    
    I will upload pix as soon as I can figure out how too. Lol she is beautiful. Chestnut with flaxin mane and tale.
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    My favorite! The horse I had the deepest bond with in my life just so happened to be a dark chestnut with a flaxen mane and tail as well. I don't have any good pictures of her on my photobucket as they were taken PRE digital. I had her for 25 years and when I lost her, I lost a part of me. I had been diagnosed with cancer and she was in the care of another person. She had a freak accident. She was running out of their indoor arena and slipped on some ice, fell and broke her pelvis puncturing her bladder. She had to be put to sleep. It was one of the worst days of my life. When you have that bond with a horse, there is nothing like it, they trust you and you trust them. I pray that you too will find that and that you will have many hours of fun out on the trail with your beloved family and horses.

    Can't wait to see photos.
         
        08-26-2013, 10:39 AM
      #10
    Foal
    I'm excited for photos, too! I'm a huge ASB fan and like the others, most I have dealt with are very people oriented. Your mare sounds exceptionally sweet - what a find!

    I hope you are able to find one for yourself...welcome to the dark side! ;)
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