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Florida Cracker horse
Are Florida Crackers naturally gaited ?
I honestly have never heard of them, so Google got my business, once again.
Florida Cracker Horse Association
Where it says in part:
I always wondered where the term Spotted Saddle Horse came from.
A spotted saddle horse is a horse that has spots and that has some gait other than a trot. It can be a TWH or a MFT a PF or a mix.
I knew what the term "spotted" meant, but I never could figure out what a saddle horse was.
Learn something new...
I quickly realized they weren't talking about how well a horse stands to be saddled, and finally gave in one day, asking someone what "saddling" meant. Of course he looked at me like I was the dumbest person east of the Mississippi, but I at least got an explanation:-P
"Saddle Horses" gait. They are allowed to do a variety of intermediate gaits, although it seemed the preference within this particular saddling circle was a rack. But, whatever the Saddle Horse does perform, it needs to perform it well.
At least that's how "saddling" was explained to me:-|
The world of horsemanship is full of "short hand expressions" that can vary widely from area to area, discipline to discipline, etc. Because the "gaited horse community" is somewhat isolated from the larger equine world the "colloquialisms" are more common and long-lasting.
It's interesting that while some horse breeds are defined by a specific gait (running walk, rack, paso fino, etc.) the Cracker Horse is defined by the lack of a gait, the trot. Just goes to show you how diverse the world can be!!! :D
SSH are registrable and are TWH or Racking Horses, and in some cases can be registered all 3 registries.
There are many gaited breeds, and different gaits peculiar to them, although some can hit 2 or more.
I think the McCurdy Plantation Horses are pretty cool too.
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