What it's like to ride a Champion 5gaited Saddlebred at Louisville. - Page 3 - The Horse Forum
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post #21 of 72 Old 08-22-2013, 10:39 PM Thread Starter
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I was thinking more of the ginger or gingerol in the anus, or the cutting of muscle that the un-natural tail sets require, and such. All is soring to me, sorry for the confusion.

And it's just not the gaited horses that have problems. The western rail horses have their fair share of atrocities done to them as well. And the Arab world.

Sometimes I hate being a human being.

ETA: I'm sorry I'm sounding so bitter, I've been on the receiving end of the byproduct lately with a rescue. There really ARE good people in all of the horse activities. It's just that the bad apples are always the ones making the news and I forget there are many, many more good ones than bad.
Well, no. That is not "soring". Soring has nothing to do with tails, or bits, or saddles, or anything of the sort. Soring is such a despicable thing to do.

I completely know where you are coming from with the whole tail thing, though. While not soring, there is plenty of abuse, just like with everything. I know where you are coming from though. No worries here.

The fact is, you just can't sore a saddlebred. If we could, then I can honestly say that YES there would be those who would do it.

A Saddlebred who is lame or off or in pain in any way is very noticeable. I am pretty sure the horse in the OP would eat someone if he were subjected to it.

You will see uneven travel. A head nod when he sets his sore foot down. You will see it in his attitude and demeanor. That last is not a definite, but just a factor that can result from pain. Saddlebreds are NOT the kind and gentle TWH. LOL! There are many ways you can tell if a horse is lame. We need our horses to be bright and look happy and excited as they do their jobs. They lose that edge when in pain.

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I watched this video this morning and loved it. Questions though, what is this "whoop" they say? Is that a cue for go? And why did they leave the ring early? I think I might have missed something.
Whoop is like "easy". Calm down a little bit. Check yourself. Not too much, though not much less. They left when they got their ribbon. Only the winner gets to stay in. This horse LOVES that ring. She certainly had a workout that class keeping that monster in. I love him!
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I have to say... I'd love to ride that horse. What a thrill.
I would love to go down that ramp again! THAT is a thrill. If you haven't seen that ramp, it is like a 45* angle down into Freedom Hall. It's like a freaking roller coaster. It is so awesome!
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Not impressed. I have ridden several hot horses in my day...wether it be my hot barrel horse or a hot saddleseat horse....but I've never had to tell them whoa more than 2 times on a bad day. When I say it...I mean it. This guy is not even responsive to his rider, seems to me he does what he wants and when he wants to. That's a no-go with me. He's a champion how???
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Not impressed. I have ridden several hot horses in my day...wether it be my hot barrel horse or a hot saddleseat horse....but I've never had to tell them whoa more than 2 times on a bad day. When I say it...I mean it. This guy is not even responsive to his rider, seems to me he does what he wants and when he wants to. That's a no-go with me. He's a champion how???
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Three years in a row! How? By being the best horse in the ring. By putting on a better performance. They are not judged on gait transitions, or how much work a rider has to do to keep him in the ring, they are judged on what they can do. There are several divisions where those things matter a great deal. This horse's division is not one of them. Sounds crazy, I know. Unruly and dangerous horses, or those that are being disrupted may be, and often are, excused from the class.
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That would such an awesome ride! That makes me wanna go snag my best friend's NSH and go park trot around the arena, or grab her Arab and take him around sounding like a freight train. Those horses love the ring. They love the lights, the noise, the atmosphere. I spent years with horses just like that. I miss those days for sure!

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He does and often. This obviously to have been deemed champion more than once. Still, he's pretty hot for a gelding and sometimes doesn't seem to like transitions. I think it was Merrill whom he almost unseated, jumping wildly about at one show. When he does get going properly though, he's quite spectacular.

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Three years in a row! How? By being the best horse in the ring. By putting on a better performance. They are not judged on gait transitions, or how much work a rider has to do to keep him in the ring, they are judged on what they can do. There are several divisions where those things matter a great deal. This horse's division is not one of them. Sounds crazy, I know. Unruly and dangerous horses, or those that are being disrupted may be, and often are, excused from the class.
Beautiful horse, yes but I think I'll stick with my hot headed but CONTROLLED barrel horse! I used to ride gaited Morgans and so I get what they are supposed to "look" like but if my horse acted like he did we would have been excused from the ring every time. I've been out of saddleseat and gaited riding for several years...I reckon I've just been gone from that discipline for too long?
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He does and often. This obviously to have been deemed champion more than once. Still, he's pretty hot for a gelding and sometimes doesn't seem to like transitions. I think it was Merrill whom he almost unseated, jumping wildly about at one show. When he does get going properly though, he's quite spectacular.

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It is funny. A lot of pictures you will see slack in Merrill's reins. And yet, you are completely right.

Here are the two Stake Classes he won. Just a fun tidbit: the guy with the horn is the man who calls the horses to the track for the Kentucky Derby.

Ahh! So many horses I love! Battle Rattle has always been a favorite of mine.

Oh great! Now I am full swing in Louisville video mode. Here is one of the GREATEST battles of all time! OW! This fifteen minute video took place AFTER the class. This is the workout! Five minutes of workout, but still!
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Watching this makes me wish there was a Saddlebred barn closer to my school! This really makes me miss saddleseat! lol
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