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post #11 of 28 Old 05-02-2011, 12:21 PM
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I don't care for riding SS as in showing but I must say that I love Saddlebreds. For all their hype they are kind & brave with good personalities once they settle into their new lives as non-show horses.

Through word of mouth I have had many come to my place for boarding after their show careers were over for a variety of reasons. Some even came still wearing the big show shoes. The main problem I see with many of the show horses is bad feet which doesn't become apparent until the shoes are removed, most have had white line disease of varying severity. Once that problem is cleared up they no longer need shoes & have great feet.

I've found the ASB the easiest horse to go from a show life to trail riding as they love adventure but will still turn it one when we go to smaller shows for fun.
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post #12 of 28 Old 05-02-2011, 12:25 PM
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Wow, forgive my myriad of typos. I'm using my phone and don't catch them all. I age with how fun they are to trail ride. My friends nsh is so fun and smooth. He does try to prance on his way back to the barn.
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post #13 of 28 Old 05-02-2011, 02:45 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, seamom and saddledragon! I'm at work so can't respond much right now, but SO TRUE about them moving naturally that way.. I've been lunging horses all morning and without anything enhancing their movement. They are some high stepping horses! It's obviously just very well bred into them. I know for a fact that this barn doesn't use chains or super heavy shoes. Some horses have pads on their feet but they're very lightweight.
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post #14 of 28 Old 05-03-2011, 07:36 AM
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This is saddleseat.

Ohhhhhhhhh, that doesn't look natural.....

Cross Country- The act of hurling yourself and your equine partner at a stationary object with poise and grace while attempting to survive...
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post #15 of 28 Old 05-03-2011, 08:09 AM
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Ohhhhhhhhh, that doesn't look natural.....
Its much more natural than one would think. How about this one? This is my mare after a couple years retirement. No shoes, no chains, no strechies etc and a VERY rusty rider. I hadnt ridden in 12 years at the time.
Try to picture her with a real rider and in shape.....
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Thats my usernamesake. She would be in the same division as the other asb I posted. They are 3 gaited Show Pleasure horses.
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post #17 of 28 Old 05-03-2011, 08:11 AM
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I don't know. It does look betetr but uncomfortable. Is it? We don't have SS over here in Australia

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post #18 of 28 Old 05-03-2011, 08:22 AM
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It doesnt feel unconfortable to me, but I have always ridden ss horses. The others feel uncomfortable. Its like I am just sticking up out of nowhere with no upright head to counter balance the picture.
Its a personal prefence and ss is waay diffrent. There is no denying that.
I guess I am one of those people that like the rarities in this world. I like all horses, but ( in my eyes) a ss horse is the only one that can make me drop my jaw, everytime. Its fun to just go down the road or down the trails with a proud looking horse. Chardonnay is not the prettiest mare out there, but NO ONE can stop looking at her in awe when she is under saddle, its a rush for me.

Ant to ride it, its a bigger rush than anything I have ever done in my life. The power, the grace and the athleticism these horses have, they take my breath away.

I have a fb friend that breeds saddlebreds down there, she told me that there really isnt any saddleseat there. I guess since its an american tradition, it hasnt spread to the rest of the world. Yet, us asb people are trying to take it over. lol


The upright head set is a breed thing, not a dicipline thing. The saddlebred western horses also have an upright head, as well as the hunt horses.
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post #19 of 28 Old 05-03-2011, 08:23 AM
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Id like to give it a go actually, always nice to try somthing different/

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post #20 of 28 Old 05-03-2011, 08:25 AM
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Well If you ever make it to the states, come ride Char!! She needs it!
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