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post #11 of 21 Old 08-26-2013, 11:45 AM
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My mare is the talk of barn. She's extremely affectionate and loves to get attention. She is more on the "hot" side when it comes to personality. But, she is still young and energetic. She's always the first to greet you in the field, and cuddles as often as she can.

She's extremely smart, but horribly stubborn. She often knows what you want/need, and if it is something that she is not fond of, believe me, she will try to find a clever way out of it. Just keep in mind that they are very intelligent!

Love my ASB. :)
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post #13 of 21 Old 08-28-2013, 06:15 PM Thread Starter
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Well i still haven't figured out how to post a photo but I did upload and album (I think lol) so you all can take a look at our girl. She still has a little ways to go but as you can see she's come a verg long ways
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post #14 of 21 Old 08-28-2013, 06:57 PM
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Good luck
my cousin had a Saddlebred and he was a total love bug
more than the other horses, He would follow you around like a puppy

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post #15 of 21 Old 08-28-2013, 06:59 PM Thread Starter
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That's what she does!! My husband started lateral lunging with her and after 15 min the 1st time now she follows him like a puppy dog. It's amazing to watch :)
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post #16 of 21 Old 08-29-2013, 07:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Lilweedie View Post
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

Saddlebreds are amazing as a breed, but just as another posted, they are individuals, some may be more aloof, some are in your lap.

Very people oriented though, and very curious and full of personality.

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post #17 of 21 Old 08-30-2013, 07:07 PM
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Yes I will agree with what many people have said in this threat about Saddlebreds being very people oriented.. I have a 5 year old pinto Saddlebred gelding and he's just a love bug.. always welcoming me at the gate.. He's the best trail horse and does well at the local shows.. He may seem excited at first when we get to a new place (we don't go out that often any more) but in 2-3 minutes he settles down very well. I do have to say that he's the kind of a horse that needs to get attention every day either riding or working in hand or roundpen otherwise he gets little bored and let's you know it... He is also extremely happy when you finish even 20 minute workout with him and will give you all the love he can... :) He's happy for any attention he can get :) Loves to play out in the pasture and my paint filly kinda gets annoyed with him wanting to play all the time - I would really like to get another Saddlebred for the bunch :)
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post #18 of 21 Old 08-30-2013, 11:09 PM Thread Starter
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Yes that sounds like Bo. She loves to work because she loves the attention. Lol. And that's exactly what I'm looking for. I'm a stay at home mom with my last 2 in high school. Home all day taking care of the farm alone with no kids to take care of all day anymore so I want to give that love and attention to a 4 legged kid now :). I love all the feed back I've gotten from this post. Thanks to everyone who has responded. I'm going to be searching for my own ASB with a vengeance now :)
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post #19 of 21 Old 08-30-2013, 11:19 PM
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One thing I noticed - Saddlebreds take longer to mature physically and foremost mentally.. my gelding is now 5 and just starting to settle his mind :) My APHA filly was very laid back at 2 years old and I started her under saddle then but now she's going through teenage years at 4 is getting very "testy"..
I started the Saddlebred gelding at 4 and I think it was perfect for where he was at mentally...
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post #20 of 21 Old 08-31-2013, 12:37 AM
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Originally Posted by cb06 View Post
They've been bred for over 200 yrs specifically to be a reliable and smooth riding horse and temperament is part of that.
Not quite 200 years. Not even 180 yet .
The "ASB" was created as the result of crossing TB with the wonderfully gaited saddle horses that were hugely popular in the Midwest and Southern states. A couple of stallion crosses had the mare's gait (Denmark being the most notable) and became the foundation stallions of the ASB breed. They were born in the very late 1830's or early 1840's and were bred prolifically (along with their offspring) to saddler mares during the 1840's and 50's in an effort to ensure more gaited offspring. Of course back then most "breeds" weren't handled like they are today (e.g. the ASB weren't a "registered" breed until around the 1890's about 50 years after they were created)

The saddlers have contributed to pretty much all our gaited horses. They were all naturally gaited (they all gaited and didn't have to be taught), but breeders breeding more for show than for keeping the all natural gaits have resulted in more gaited breeds producing animals that don't gait or have to be taught vs gaiting naturally. The ASB can do a nice "pace" the show people have fits over, because it's not a rack or the slow walk so it's not something they want, but the pace makes a great ride

They're always going to be bigger and stronger so you better always be smarter. (One of my grandfather's many pearls of wisdom)
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