I'm curious about saddlebred/Arab crosses. What are your thoughts? Good natured? Versatile?
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I've only ever seen one. He looked more like an arab, though tall & with a longer back. Handsome fellow, though. The lady used him for trail riding & was teaching him to jump.
It depends on the actual horse & what you want to do with them.
Personally, i'm not a Saddlebred fan but i love Arabs so who knows with me ha ha. Arab crosses are very popular in general & usually quite good horses so i cant see this being a terrible cross...
You mean National Show Horses, no? Those that I have seen are very high strung. They are gorgeous to look at but are nervous and high energy. The doubel whammy of two breeds with necks that are set on high makes it hard to get them to reach down and forward. they tend to run like gazelles with the head in the air. I have also seen that they can more easily have a slightly dropped back (sway) so be harder to fit a saddle to.
The have a ton of stamina and brio and are FAST!
Ist the cross of my 2 favorites. They are great. I love the personality of the arabs, the size and panache of the sb's. Extremly versitile and usually very sweet. Both are smart breeds and if left to their own devices they can be a handfull. The actually want/need human interaction. Most other breeds seem to put up with people. Thatn is a generalization, not all horses/breeds are the same. I seen nutty QH's and lazy sb's, and arabs give lead line lessons.
here is the only cross Ive owned myself, buit Ive seen many and they are very sucessfull and popular.
This is Kizzie, Kiss Him Goodbye. Registered 1/2 arab, dam was a asb, sire was arab.
I know, I know, no helmet, blah, blah, blah
Saddlebred/Arab crosses, also known as National Show horses, are primarily bred to be english saddleseat horses. Most "half arabs" that you would see at Arabian shows in english pleasure classes are saddlebred crosses. I work on an Arabian farm and we've had a couple of half arabs (saddlebred crosses) in for training and from my experience with them and ones I've seen at shows they tend to be pretty hot. I'm not a huge fan of saddlebreds based simply on looks but I've also met quite a few who were pretty neurotic. That being said, I've also met a couple who were super sweet and easy, just depends on the horse! I will say they can be very impressive movers too!
i love them but it really depends on the horse i've had one who was very hott he had a saddleseat backround though and i've also had one who was a amazing versatle horse he was so sweeet natured and even if they are hott they are amazingly sweet it really depends if they have shown saddleseat before but i love them.......btw they are also called national show horses :)
You mean a National Show Horse? My uncle and aunt have a ranch with 30 or so horses, a few for every discipline and mostly arabs, and my favorite (well, tied with their reining stallion which is just an EXCELLENT ride) is their NSH Southern Grace; Arab and Saddlebred cross. I believe she's triple-registered with the arab, saddlebred, and NSH associations. I love this horse more than words, but my aunt lives across the country in CO and I don't get to see them often.
Gracie is an amazing horse; she's worth about $30,000. She's an English Pleasure horse and has the most gorgeous headset and fluid gaits. I trust this horse implicitly and she's so responsive. She's crazy smart; I taught her to bow in one 20-minute session and refined it ocne a day for a week until it was perfect. I love her conformation; she's stocky yet graceful and gorgeously put together. Her mane is about 2 feet long and gorgeous; her tail is thick and her coat amazingly shiny....blah im babbling. She's very smooth, smart, and willing. All she wants is to please you, and she makes you feel like the best rider in the world. I'm attaching pics.
I have a video of me riding her if anyone knows how to upload a video off a disk; I've tried everything!
Wow, she's beautiful!
I didn't know they were NSHs. I'm a little obtuse when it comes to breeds other than TBs, drafts, QHs and straight Arabs lol.
There's a lovely weanling that has really nice parents, he's well handled, healthy. He seems nicely put together. I get a really good feeling about him. I haven't had a baby around for quite some time but I feel like I can't miss this opportunity with him. Does that make sense? I would be handling him daily, I will be sending him to a professional trainer when he's old enough. Most likely I will be using him for trails, maybe foxhunting with Cinder, depending.
This is a pic of him (this is not my picture but one the breeder sent me)
My friend's NSH is a giraffe runner and is a nutcase. Beautiful but a nutcase. On the other hand, I met a man who rode his NSH in Alaska all over killer trails and in sight of grizzlies and said it was the best horse ever.
I only meant about the neck that in general, they don't make easy horses to train in dressage.
Yours IS a handsome horse , without a doubt.
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