I LOVE Saddlebreds!!
They are a breed that, more than any other, will give you their heart - I remember I was showing my ASB about 5 years ago when the judge came up to me and said, "There is no road too long for this horse, He'd go until his heart burst"
And I'm not so sure that they are 'hot' - most of them are bred to be performance show horses...and our preferred style of showing is just that - lots and lots of flare and pomp. So while some see it as hot, I see it as knowing their job.
There was a WGC 5 gaited horse, CH Onion, who after winning the worlds 5 gaited championship allowed a small 5 year old girl to sit on his bare back as he was being walked out...no fusss, no big deal.
And I will say this - Saddlebreds have many other talents than some people think - they can go from being a show horse to a hunter/jumper (all of the horses that used to jump in Madison Square Garden were Saddlebreds), to a trail horse, to dressage, to even western and working western. They truly are a versitile breed - and I loves 'em!!
These pictures aren't the best, but here you go:
Boo and I waiting before a gymkhana run:
Sorry about the picture size...still learning how to size them