wow I love you saddlebred. Why are they called saddlebred though?
Why are they called Saddlebreds? Because they were bred to be the superlative riding horse. They were bred to be put under saddle. Saddle-Horses, they were originally called. They were bred to be your favorite mount. And they truly are. They are brave, they are intelligent, they are fancy as all get out. They really made a statement on Sunday rides through the parks. Now it is sports cars. Then it was horses.
Saddlebreds are the Mercedes Benz of horses. They were bred from the best. They took the best of many breeds, not just Thoroughbreds and Galloways and Narangasetts. The name Saddlebred was adapted from "Saddle-Horse". I guess people thought it seemed more specific to define the breed. Many older trainers and those devoted to the breed (and those who hang out and learn from the older trainers) still refer to a Saddlebred as a Saddle-Horse, interchangeably.
Any horse book you find over 50 years old, you will find MANY great pictures and information about Saddlebreds, and in many of them they are referred to as the American Saddle-Horse.
In the other thread, I said I live, breath, and think Saddlebred. They are that consuming. "The show horse must be eager and animated and look ready to jump out of the ring at any moment*, yet be perfectly responsive to the rider's commands. He can be so only when properly mouthed, properly schooled, and mannered, and then beautifully ridden. The challenge of this field of showing is unequalled, and only those who have tried all fields can truly appreciate the exhilarating joy that comes to a rider on a horse that is doing his all and delighting the railbirds with his presence every step of the way. Few have the privelege of riding those rare "greats" of the show horse world; many more people, however, have the privelege of seeing them in action and of sensing the ecstasy of a fine rider feeling a great mount move beneath him." *- I have actually seen that happen, though. Lol "When a horse wants to display himself in front of other horses, especially in front of mares, he lifts his neck up high and flexes his poll haughtily, and picks his legs up freely, and keeps his tail up."
- Xenophon (380 bc)
Can't get much better than that.
General Lee's description of his favorite horse, Traveller, who is now buried near his general. "Such a picture could inspire a poet, whose genius could then depict his worth and describe his endurance of toil, hunger, thirst, heat and cold, and the dangers and sufferings through which he has passed. He could dilate upon his sagacity and affection and his invariable response to every wish of his rider. He might even imagine his thoughts through the long night-marches and days of battle through which he has passed." "The first time I saw a five gaited American Saddlebred work, it was like magic in the arena. It was beautiful."
-Richard Shrake. Yes, Richard Shrake The Adventures of Daniel
- "The ASB Addiction"
Not all Saddlebreds can fit everybody, but I firmly believe that there is a Saddlebred for everyone. Once you have one that fits you, you will never be free of it. Even if you never own another Saddlebred after the one, the memory will haunt you.
In a good way, I mean.