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post #21 of 28 Old 05-03-2011, 07:26 AM
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Hahah I would if I could!

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post #22 of 28 Old 05-03-2011, 06:51 PM
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The only "saddleseat" I have an issue with is big lick TWH's. It does suck, because they give such a bad name to other breeds and people think the abuse is just as rampant with Arabs and Saddlebreds when it's not. You do still have some lousy techniques, I understand gingering isn't anywhere as common as it used to be (applying ginger to the rectum of a horse to give it that "fired up" appearance).

I love watching saddleseat, it's a glorious event to see live, as someone mentioned it's probably one of the "rowdiest" equine disciplines, even moreso then rodeo! Don't go to an event if you don't like loud noises, because everyone SCREAMS and jumps and hollers and whistles the entire time to encourage the horses to step livelier. The horses eat it up to, you can see the change in them, they perk right up.

And for as "hot" as they look, it's pretty much a myth. Arabian Halter horses are twice as "crazy" and abused as any of the saddleseat horses. Go into the barns sometime at an event, and they're all docile, friendly and precocious creatures eager to say hello! I'd consider most show jumpers more hot then the majority of Arab saddleseat horses!

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post #23 of 28 Old 05-03-2011, 07:55 PM
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What are the saddle seat breeds? I love Friesians, they have a very high head carriage and are high steppers. Could they be classed as saddle seat horses or is it a sport that is breed specific rather than type? I know NOTHING about saddle seat but it looks so elegant.
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What are the saddle seat breeds? I love Friesians, they have a very high head carriage and are high steppers. Could they be classed as saddle seat horses or is it a sport that is breed specific rather than type? I know NOTHING about saddle seat but it looks so elegant.
You will see some Friesian saddleseat classes, but not many. They're considered more of a Dressage/sport type breed, and their natural loft is more Drafty as opposed to snappy and animated like a gaited breed.

The most popular saddleseat breeds would be Saddlebreds, Arabs and Morgans. I assume TWH's are also considered a "saddleseat" breed, but in a bit of a different way. For example, you could actually judge an "open park" class that had Saddlebreds, Arabs and Morgans in it, but a TWH doesn't move even close to the same way, and doesn't participate in "park" classes.

To be honest, I'm not even sure what the "true" definition of saddleseat is - is it ANY gaited breed participating with a cutback saddle, or is it more specific then that?

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What are the saddle seat breeds? I love Friesians, they have a very high head carriage and are high steppers. Could they be classed as saddle seat horses or is it a sport that is breed specific rather than type? I know NOTHING about saddle seat but it looks so elegant.

Yes. I work on a friesian breeding farm. They are not MY ideal ss horses, but some are very good at it. More of them do ss than people think. If you look at the breed circut, there are more ss horses than anything else.

Heck the appaloosa circut has saddleseat classes?! And I know a few that show drafts in ss.
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Id like to see a friesian in saddle seat. The TWH look nice though and they suit it so well. Is there a certain type of saddle you have to use?

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post #27 of 28 Old 05-05-2011, 07:50 AM
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Yep there is. Its called a cutback or a flat saddle. Here is mine, its not the top of the line, but it is a nice older barnsby. They are designed to set the rider a little farther back to allow the freedom of movement for the shoulder.
I was cleaning it, please forgive the sock under the flap.
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Ill find a pic of a ss Friesian, give me a minute.
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Here is a link to the pics of the park class at the Friesian Grand Nationals last year. Im a traditionalist when it comes to the ss breeds, but I do like these guys.
rickosteen.com > Horse Shows > 2010 Horse Shows > 91 Open
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