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post #11 of 92 Old 12-17-2012, 08:23 AM
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If your soring your horse, or using stacked shoes, I understand why you are being ostracized.
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post #12 of 92 Old 12-17-2012, 08:30 AM
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When I rode saddleseat I felt like an outcast too. I was in a group call FFA and all the girls in my chapter would be so rude about me riding saddleseat saying how cruel it was (once they found out what it was, as they were all mostly wannabe barrel racers) and to be honest I dont think its cruel. Its just the way it is and it has been that way for years. Saddleseat and Saddlebreds (idk if thats what breed you ride) is so amazing and beautiful. These horses are true performers. But I definatly felt people looked at me different for riding saddleseat I felt very out of place.
You should have seen the look on the faces of the barrel racers at the barn when I tore around the barrels on my Saddlebred with a flat saddle and full bridle on. They changed their tune after that and we all got along just fine. Teaching people what you are about in a nice way goes a lot further to mend fences then to just do your thing and feel upset about what they might be thinking.

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Joe4d If your soring your horse, or using stacked shoes, I understand why you are being ostracized.
As far as I know, Tennessee walkers are the only ones that are sored and that is also a small percentage of those. Only the Big Lick horses. MOST Saddleseat riders wouldn't consider such a dispicable thing. It is sickening and cruel and has no place in the horse world. Personally wish anyone that has been involved in that would spend the rest of their lives behind bars. The OP didn't say what breed she/he rides.
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post #13 of 92 Old 12-17-2012, 09:11 AM
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What is out that they feel you're doing so wrong?

I rode saddleseat for years and still ride my friend's saddleseat arab and nsh. Of course, riding and showing arabs and nshs in a qh and hunter/jumper area, I was well accustomed to the "looks" and "crazy horse" comments. In fact, when I first got my gelding as a long yearling, the were a couple of boarders who wouldn't ride when I was working my crazy ay-arab in the arena.

People who judge you and your horse because you do something different or move differently than they're used to seeing tend to be the ones I'm most likely to ignore.
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post #14 of 92 Old 12-17-2012, 01:26 PM
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Overly long toes, stacked shoes , chains, straps and other abusive items are associated with saddleseat and the exaggerated steps. Could be the source of your problem if thats what you're doing. if it's not what your doing thats great, ride your horse and enjoy.
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post #15 of 92 Old 12-17-2012, 05:46 PM
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That's awesome! I would have loved to do that!
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post #16 of 92 Old 12-22-2012, 05:56 PM Thread Starter
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To answer everyone's question, I use a saddle and bridle. When I use a double or full (show) bridle it always has a low port. My farrier uses show pads (shoes) on some of the horses that show under the Show Pleasure and Park horse classes. To add motion or action to the Country Pleasure and Classic pleasure (and sometimes Academy) division horses, Bands and Chains are used in lessons about twice per month. These devices strengthen the muscles in the horses legs using resistance to result in the horse picking their feet up higher. I do believe that these methods are misunderstood through the horse world because Jumpers and Western riders don't understand that a) we DO NOT just go in circles on the rail, b) We work hard to get the horse's headset and feet picked up. Just like any disciplnie, we love our horses and work hard to get to where we are and do well.
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post #17 of 92 Old 12-22-2012, 06:05 PM
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Well I'm done anyone else wanna have a go.
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Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #18 of 92 Old 12-22-2012, 06:32 PM
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To add motion or action to the Country Pleasure and Classic pleasure (and sometimes Academy) division horses, Bands and Chains are used in lessons about twice per month. These devices strengthen the muscles in the horses legs using resistance to result in the horse picking their feet up higher.
How does that work when horses don't even have muscles in their lower legs?
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How does that work when horses don't even have muscles in their lower legs?
Developers or stretchers build up the muscles,(chest, legs, shoulders neck) there is nothing cruel about them unless they are over used or too short making it too much resistance. With anything, muscle must be built up slowly and over a period of time. The cruel ones are the weekend warriors who don't regularly do anything with their horses but then put developers on to show off their horses gait. They are much like the rubber bands humans use in resistance training. Same theory.

Also, the pads that are used in Saddlebreds, and even wedges are not like the giant shoes used in the Big Lick events. As with any discipline there are those that are not nice and worry only about winning and will do things that are less ethical. Show me a discipline of any kind that doesn't have some bad apples. It is unfortunate as they ruin it for everyone.
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I don't see anything wrong with anything that was just described. I think the people who are giving you grief just don't understand the discipline and see the unfamiliar as scary and dangerous. It happens. You may try to ask any of them if they have any questions.

I know with my guy, I'll get odd questions or I make jokes about his breed. I call him "Crazy Pony" and make jokes about him being weird and having quirks. It seems to make people feel more comfortable and then they'll ask me questions. Most commonly, I am asked what I do with his tail (I braid it and vet wrap it), why he's small/if he'll get bigger, what I'm going to do with him/am I going to jump him, etc, etc.

I would just take other people's comments with a grain of salt, answer any questions they have, and try not to take anything personally.

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