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        07-08-2013, 11:35 PM
      #41
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    Well he's a handsome lad and I love his much desired, 50/50 markings. Hate his ewe neck of course, but I think you will be able to help that a little bit in the future. Needs weight as you say. Hope to see him a year from now and I'll bet it will show a lot of difference. Once gelded, he won't be so much of a handful for you. He's a leggy lad isn't he. How old is he now?

    Lizzie
         
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        07-09-2013, 08:37 AM
      #42
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by FeatheredFeet    
    Well he's a handsome lad and I love his much desired, 50/50 markings. Hate his ewe neck of course, but I think you will be able to help that a little bit in the future. Needs weight as you say. Hope to see him a year from now and I'll bet it will show a lot of difference. Once gelded, he won't be so much of a handful for you. He's a leggy lad isn't he. How old is he now?

    Lizzie

    - Hey Lizzie, he just turned 3 last month. He got gelded 2 weeks ago, but is acting studdy around my mare.. (they have a stall across each other and get turned out in different paddocks for another 2 weeks or so, depends how it goes). Last night he was prancing around his stall with a big one on and I am pretty sure he was ready to do the deed if he was given the opportunity.. I don't know what they have been feeding him, but he at first turned his nose up at my hay (beautiful grass / alfalfa 1st. Cut), he would devour the the Blue Seal grain I gave him (I feed what used to be Kent's SBP 14/10 - I forgot what it's called now). I tried to warm him the first day we got him, probably did not get the whole dose as he had a fit about it.. But he did clean up the 2 heavy flakes of hay I gave him last night in his stall :)- so I think he'll be OK

    - have you guys noticed anything else about his conformation that "jumps out at you? " :)
         
        07-09-2013, 09:37 AM
      #43
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    Maybe they had been giving him grain, in his previous home and that's probably why he's hot. He doesn't really even need it and often it does make them not eat as much hay as they should. They can quickly get spoiled on grain and not want to eat anything else. And it's hay that puts the weight on them, anyway. I'd not give him any grain - just hay right now. Besides, it sounds as though he's pretty hot. Doesn't need grain to add to it.

    I'd hope to see a lot more meat and muscle in his rear, during the next couple of years. He's very shallow back there.

    Since you started showing your boy, it got me looking at the spotted ones more closely. I googled American Saddlebred stallion and it brought up hundreds of pictures. Even making allowances for colour patterns, which can sometimes fool the eye, it really did appear to me, that many breeders have been breeding for colour and nothing else. I found a few on a par with their solid counterparts, but tons which were a conformation nightmare. But there again, that happens in any breed which have colour as part of their pattern.

    Your boy will never be a silk purse, but he will be a handsome riding partner for you in the future and I'm always envious of those who own a Saddlebred.

    Lizzie
         
        07-09-2013, 10:10 AM
      #44
    Weanling
    Congratulations!! I really like this boy!
         
        07-09-2013, 10:54 AM
      #45
    Weanling
    My husband is at home today and he just told me he was able to get a fly mask on the colt!! We also put him in a paddock where there is not much grass left now.. so my DH just put a hay bag there now with hay.. he said it took some time to get the colt to come to it as he was afraid of it.. but hunger is a good motivator! He said he's eating the hay now with a fly mask on! This is what I LOVE about saddlebreds.. they are so willing to try and willing to trust humans, much more than any other breed I have experienced.. they are very sensitive but very smart..
    -- Lizzie - the feed I started giving to the colt is very low starch / sugar it's this one:
    Blue Seal - Pet, Farm, Home & Garden Supplies in New England and NY

    -- I mixed some extra rice bran into it and wetted the feed to get more water into him as he is so busy minded he just forgets to drink..
         
        07-09-2013, 12:26 PM
      #46
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    Sounds as though you and he, are making a good start. There is no doubt he will be a little nervous and even scared, for a while. But he'l settle down and become a mama's boy, just like my favourite old Saddlebred. While I've had a lot of different breeds over the years and do love my daughter's Gypsies, I have never known another breed which loves their humans, as much as the Saddlebreds.

    Did I tell you how I came to get my favourite old boy? If not, I'll tell it again.For many years, I had been going to shows with Carol Smith-Shannon, who had some of THE best horses in the US at the time. I was looking for a Saddlebred and looked at several, including some spotted, which were fairly rare at the time. Didn't see anything I liked. Found an ad for a five gaited chestnut gelding, with a good show career behind him. I had a look at him. I loved everything about this horse, as did the friend I took with me. I even took a picture of him. But - and it was a big but, there was something wrong with the sellers. They didn't want to answer all my questions. Avoided questions and just plain refused to answer some. I came away, with the strange feeling, they didn't actually own him. He might even have been a stolen horse. There was something definitely wrong. So, I decided not to buy him. I kept his picture in my wallet for several years. Didn't find another horse I liked as much.

    Then one day, I answered another ad. Strangely enough, the seller turned out to be the son of a friend of mine. I arranged to see the horse, who was at the LAEC. I think I cried when I saw the horse. Here was the boy I had wanted for so long and still carried his picture with me. I asked no questions, but knew it was meant to be and I think, so did the horse. As soon as I walked up to him, he was immediately, 'my' horse. Didn't want anything to do with the seller standing there, although I knew they had never mistreated him. Wierd eh?

    I'll tell you another strange Saddlebred story one day. Maybe even more strange than this one.

    Lizzie
         
        07-09-2013, 12:50 PM
      #47
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by FeatheredFeet    
    Sounds as though you and he, are making a good start. There is no doubt he will be a little nervous and even scared, for a while. But he'l settle down and become a mama's boy, just like my favourite old Saddlebred. While I've had a lot of different breeds over the years and do love my daughter's Gypsies, I have never known another breed which loves their humans, as much as the Saddlebreds.

    Did I tell you how I came to get my favourite old boy? If not, I'll tell it again.For many years, I had been going to shows with Carol Smith-Shannon, who had some of THE best horses in the US at the time. I was looking for a Saddlebred and looked at several, including some spotted, which were fairly rare at the time. Didn't see anything I liked. Found an ad for a five gaited chestnut gelding, with a good show career behind him. I had a look at him. I loved everything about this horse, as did the friend I took with me. I even took a picture of him. But - and it was a big but, there was something wrong with the sellers. They didn't want to answer all my questions. Avoided questions and just plain refused to answer some. I came away, with the strange feeling, they didn't actually own him. He might even have been a stolen horse. There was something definitely wrong. So, I decided not to buy him. I kept his picture in my wallet for several years. Didn't find another horse I liked as much.

    Then one day, I answered another ad. Strangely enough, the seller turned out to be the son of a friend of mine. I arranged to see the horse, who was at the LAEC. I think I cried when I saw the horse. Here was the boy I had wanted for so long and still carried his picture with me. I asked no questions, but knew it was meant to be and I think, so did the horse. As soon as I walked up to him, he was immediately, 'my' horse. Didn't want anything to do with the seller standing there, although I knew they had never mistreated him. Wierd eh?

    I'll tell you another strange Saddlebred story one day. Maybe even more strange than this one.

    Lizzie

    AWWWWWW !!! Yes I know they grow on you so fast - these guys are SO personable - they just WANT to be your friend no matter what.. even though he tried to ram through the stall door yesterday trying to get to my mare LOL (nice try!), I had to swing the lead rope at him few times pretty hard to get him to settle down - he still comes back for attention and wants to be a friend.. I think that first bath and grooming did miracles already.. Here is a close up on his eyes.. He has almost human-like eyes!! I mean just really like a puppy dog!
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        07-09-2013, 01:22 PM
      #48
    Weanling
    Lizzie - do you still have that saddlebred boy? I would love to see some photos :)
         
        07-09-2013, 02:37 PM
      #49
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    What a 'knowing' eye. Secrets of long ago, passed down to him and taking in, all the new things which surround him.

    I have only one pic on this computer of my old boy. It's in my album here. He's long gone now, unfortunately. I think he was maybe 17 or 20 in the pic. I know he was no younger than that.



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        07-09-2013, 02:43 PM
      #50
    Weanling
    Oh gorgeous guy!!!!!!! Yea, I think once a person has owned a Saddlebred they will be always inclined towards them.. I really just kind of "stumbled into" owning my 1st. Boy couple years ago.. Sad truth is that the general "horse public" is not aware of the many talents, beauty, grace and intelligence these horses possess....
         

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