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    04-28-2011, 09:19 PM
  #1
Foal
saddleseat riding!

Hello! I'm learning about saddleseat riding, and I would love to hear anybody's opinions, experience, knowledge, etc. Anything to do with saddleseat! Riding, showing, training. I just want to soak up any info anybody has to offer :) Thanks!
     
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    05-02-2011, 01:51 AM
  #2
Foal
Nobody?!
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    05-02-2011, 07:41 AM
  #3
Weanling
Well what do you want to know?
The dicipline is VERY diffrent than the rest.
For the most part the horses have more energy. Most are stall kept.
Riding farther back on them doesnt hurt, its where their center of balance is and allows for the showy motion.
Its the most misunderstood dicipline out there. Soo many myths and not real popular because of it. People who don't know, sometimes, think its cruel and that the horses are sored. Trotting horses can't move right if they are sore, so that's all BS. Soring is mainly a Tennesee Walker thing ( big Lick).

I am CONSTANTLY defending it and my breed ( saddlebreds) to people, its exhausting.

There is a lot to the dicipline, so I know there are things that you probably want/need to know that I am missing due to being second nature for me.

If you have any other questions, just pm me, and Ill try my best to help.
     
    05-02-2011, 07:45 AM
  #4
Trained
What the heck is Saddleseat!?
     
    05-02-2011, 08:20 AM
  #5
Weanling


This is saddleseat.
     
    05-02-2011, 08:30 AM
  #6
Started
Wow long tail
     
    05-02-2011, 10:37 AM
  #7
Foal
Well I recently got a job working at a saddleseat barn, and I literally knew NOTHING about saddleseat prior! So I'm just trying to learn and understand better what they do. I have heard a lot of negative things about it, but nothing bad that I've heard about saddleseat goes on at my barn, thankfully. I've been doing low level dressage with the horses I own/ride and it's so different than saddleseat. I just want to know what kind of training is involved, what they need to be able to do for shows.. I guess I don't have many specific questions just want to learn anything I can!
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    05-02-2011, 11:32 AM
  #8
Started
There are different levels of ss - country pleasure, english pleasure, and park. Country has the front knees just below level, english is right at or slightly above level, and park is the highest and always above level. The horse pictured above is likely english pleasure.

They're always shown in a double bridle with a cutback saddle. It's a discipline meant to mimic how the elite rode back in the early 1900s - hence the show attire with show coats, day coats, vests, jods, long pants, and different hats (can't think of the name to save my life). There's more of a chair seat, and you do sit farther back than probably any other discipline. It's all about energy and being showy.

They're awesome classes to watch. The crowd is high energy, and cheering, clapping, whistling is encouraged. This is closely associated with a lot of the "crazy/hot" horses because of the energy. There are some crazies, but that's true of any discipline. In fact, my best friend has HA english pleasure national reserve champion both adult and youth - he went regional top 5 a couple of years as a 20 year old, and he's been my daughter's leadline horse since she was 2 showing saddleseat. She leads him around and did pee wee showmanship with him last year. Try to push every rumor or misconception you've ever heard about saddleseat out of your mind and go into this with a completely open mind. Most of them aren't abused or hurt in any way and their gaits are really natural to them despite appearances, just refined - there are always bad apples in any training circles. I love saddleseat and they're always my favorite classes to a watch. My best advice us to google country pleasure, english pleasure, or park national classes either for arabian, saddleseat, or morgan nationals - im more familiar with arabian/half-arabian than the other two - to get the best idea of what it's all about.
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    05-02-2011, 11:52 AM
  #9
Weanling
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Originally Posted by SEAmom    
There are different levels of ss - country pleasure, english pleasure, and park. Country has the front knees just below level, english is right at or slightly above level, and park is the highest and always above level. The horse pictured above is likely english pleasure.

They're always shown in a double bridle with a cutback saddle. It's a discipline meant to mimic how the elite rode back in the early 1900s - hence the show attire with show coats, day coats, vests, jods, long pants, and different hats (can't think of the name to save my life). There's more of a chair seat, and you do sit farther back than probably any other discipline. It's all about energy and being showy.

They're awesome classes to watch. The crowd is high energy, and cheering, clapping, whistling is encouraged. This is closely associated with a lot of the "crazy/hot" horses because of the energy. There are some crazies, but that's true of any discipline. In fact, my best friend has HA english pleasure national reserve champion both adult and youth - he went regional top 5 a couple of years as a 20 year old, and he's been my daughter's leadline horse since she was 2 showing saddleseat. She leads him around and did pee wee showmanship with him last year. Try to push every rumor or misconception you've ever heard about saddleseat out of your mind and go into this with a completely open mind. Most of them aren't abused or hurt in any way and their gaits are really natural to them despite appearances, just refined - there are always bad apples in any training circles. I love saddleseat and they're always my favorite classes to a watch. My best advice us to google country pleasure, english pleasure, or park national classes either for arabian, saddleseat, or morgan nationals - im more familiar with arabian/half-arabian than the other two - to get the best idea of what it's all about.
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The red part is soo true. Most of the things people claim are misconceptions based on speculation. I have never witnessed abuse. I don't agree with everything ( tail sets, stalled 24/7, double bridle as a requirement, etc) but it is NOT a cruel dicipline. You will see as long as you don't take any ideas of what others think with you. Enjoy it, not too many people get the oppertunity to work with theses incredible tallented and athletic horses. I know Id reather work with them than any other dicipline.
     
    05-02-2011, 12:18 PM
  #10
Started
"double bridle as a requirement"

T ishis only when showing in the arabian circuit. It may be different in other breeds, but to show in these classes, you have to use a double bridle. I didn't mean that for all the time. In fact, we rarely use double bridles outside of shows and preparing for shows. Otherwise, it's a snaffle and the occasional mullen mouth. Arabs and half arabs shown as arabs don't have fake tail sets, but arabs naturally tend to have high tail carriage. I don't agree with it in other breeds, though. As far as the abuse, I've never experienced it in many years of class A shows, though I know it exists. The ones I've ben exposed to were never stalked 24/7. They may not have gone out every day, but the weren't stall-bound either.
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