Please pardon my ignorance on this subject , but I've read that Tennessee Walking Horses are sometimes "sored" .
Is this practice used sometimes with Saddlebreds too?
The Kentucky State Fair is having it's large Saddlebred show this evening, and I'm wondering now how the riders get their horses to gait the way that Saddlebreds do.
I thought that Saddlebreds were born with the tendency for these "extra" gaits, and that the rider just helps the horse develop them through training and advanced equitation skills.
Saddlebreds are a much loved breed here in Kentucky, and it's difficult to believe that these horses would be treated unkindly. Statues devoted to the beauty of the breed abound!
I've noticed that the front hooves of some show Saddlebreds seem longer than usual, and that the horses are sometimes placed into some kind of "harness" (for lack of a better word) when they are in their stalls. I'm not sure of the purpose of this harness, other than their tails seem to be lifted up and placed into what appears to be a bag of some sort.
To me, the extra "show gaits" of the Saddlebred seem more natural somehow that do the gaits of the TWH. But as I say, I know VERY little about this subject (kind of obvious, huh? )
Just curious so I thought I'd ask you experts out there.
Here is the ad for the horse show:
"World's Championship Horse Show
August 23-29, 2009
This prestigious event attracts over 2,000 horses and people from all over the country and the world, awarding more than $1 million in premiums. World champion saddlebreds are crowned in different divisions during this show, which is held annually in conjunction with the Kentucky State Fair. Competition categories include saddlebreds, roadsters, road ponies, hackney ponies, and saddle seat equitation."