Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: State of Confusion (SC)
If your horse is truly a spotted saddle horse, he is gaited, or has the ability to gait. You will need (or should seriously consider) a gaited saddle to free up his shoulders. From the photos, I would not consider his withers to be high. The spotted saddle horses I have had experience with all look "fuller" than TWHs.
There's some theory that they are basically TWH's with some pony in them somewhere in the past. They often seem stockier/shorter, have feathers, and tend to be easy keepers. You might be surprised and end up needing a wider saddle than you expected. Good luck. He's lovely!
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