What it's like to ride a Champion 5gaited Saddlebred at Louisville. - Page 4 - The Horse Forum
 74Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #31 of 72 Old 08-23-2013, 08:09 AM
Super Moderator
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: A good place
Posts: 8,553
• Horses: 0
Beautiful. I can't imagine riding a horse like him.
Palomine likes this.
boots is offline  
post #32 of 72 Old 08-23-2013, 09:29 AM
Weanling
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Canada
Posts: 432
• Horses: 1
I've noticed that the woman that was riding him (I totally forgot her name) her hands keep bopping him in the mouth at the posting trot...is this normal? maybe that's why he looks ****ed off, he has a totally crazy eye lol.

Not my cup of tea at all. I hate the whole saddlebred and TWH scene, theres good bad and ugly in all the equestrian sports, but these horses look contorted to look a certain way, and we have overly exaggerated a gait that looked beautiful into something obscene.
franknbeans likes this.

The blood runs hot in the Thoroughbred and the courage runs deep. In the best of them, pride is limitless. This is their heritage and they carry it like a banner. What they have, they use. - C.W. Anderson

Last edited by Fahntasia; 08-23-2013 at 09:33 AM.
Fahntasia is offline  
post #33 of 72 Old 08-23-2013, 09:49 AM
Foal
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: minnesota
Posts: 122
• Horses: 1
Ive always wanted a saddlebred! they have such beautiful conformation i think.

Silly boys trucks are for cowgirls...unless you haul our horses for us

Science only comes so far then comes god
BlueDiamonds218 is offline  
post #34 of 72 Old 08-23-2013, 01:04 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 28
• Horses: 1
Thanks for posting. That was exciting!
I see a sound, happy, GAME show horse.. and a skilled rider with some guts!
I love the part at the end when she gives him peppermints.

It is ashame some people on this forum are so very mis-informed about the riding and training methods for saddlebreds and choose to remain mis-informed instead of learning about and appreciating a discipline that is simply different than their own.

It's a big, diverse horse world out there....
cb06 is offline  
post #35 of 72 Old 08-23-2013, 06:56 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 1
• Horses: 0
The Saddlebred is perhaps THE most versatile and incredible breed of horse out there yet always seems to be frowned upon. Courageous Lord is amazing and I would absolutely love to ride him, I too ride a very game Saddlebred, although she is not quite as hot as he. The Saddlebred can compete in EVERY discipline! From the green shavings of Freedom Hall in a championship saddle seat class to barrel racing. From trails to competitive driving, they're there. In fact there was a champion 5-gaited Saddlebred, Singsation, who now is very successful in the combined driving circuit.

The Saddlebred was vital to the United States as a country, by carrying U.S. Army soldiers into battle, often being the mount of choice of generals.

As far as the complaints that Courageous Lord is not paying attention because he is not stopping on a dime, he is listening, which was described by the explanation of whoop and whoa, not to mention the adrenaline. These horses love to show, they feed off the crowd, just like when you are excited for something, it takes a lot more to calm you down from your excitement than it would if you were just sitting at home on the couch. Dr. Weaver does absolutely wonderfully!

No matter how many times you repeat it, someone always claims that Saddlebreds are sored like walkers because they step high. Look at baby Saddlebreds, they are going level from the beginning, walkers do not, that should be evidence in itself for differences between the two breeds. I'm not saying there aren't any at all, but I guarantee you will not ever see one taking a victory pass.

The tails of Saddlebreds alone are given more time, effort and care than most entire horses ever receive. Not all are cut, some can be stretched without being cut, they become flexible (like stretching your muscles properly allow you to do the splits or a back bend). Setting tails originated as a safety precaution for carriage and driving horses so that they would not be able to clamp their tail down on the reins and cause chaos. It became a tradition and touch of flair in the show ring and adds a special brilliance to the performance horses. But if a tail is not properly cared for, it's not a pretty sight.

Here's another video from Freedom Hall. A Hackney pony roadster, these too look like tons of fun!

Palomine and boots like this.
SaddlebredLove is offline  
post #36 of 72 Old 08-23-2013, 07:54 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 143
• Horses: 0
Quote:
Originally Posted by LadyDreamer View Post
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!
Ah thank you for explaining that to me. I keep watching this video over and over again. How I wish I could ride a saddlebred. They are just so gorgeous. LadyDreamer, I noticed you are in Kentucky as well. What area? I live less than 5 mins from Freedom Hall.
Palomine likes this.
littleamy76 is offline  
post #37 of 72 Old 08-23-2013, 11:31 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Arizona
Posts: 6,574
• Horses: 0
I think there are people that enjoy "hot" horses and those that don't. I personally admire them and think they are beautiful and are a blast to ride if they are controllable. I think they are beauty and spirit and grace and everything that is beautiful about horses. And I mean hot horses in general, not just Saddlebreds although I think Saddlebreds are awesome.

But some people just don't like hot horses. I have a friend that finds them to be a total turn-off. But I find a controllable hot horse to be fun. So I think it depends on your perspective.

As for the horse in the video, I think he is very controllable although he is just teetering on the edge of control. I think they are fed and worked and encouraged to have that level of energy because it gives them extra brilliance in the show ring. If they were plugs, it wouldn't have the same effect. But the rider did seem a little insecure. Maybe I am just reading too much into it, but the tone of her voice showed fear in my opinion. I don't think she felt 100% in control of the horse.


trailhorserider is offline  
post #38 of 72 Old 08-23-2013, 11:41 PM Thread Starter
Started
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 2,493
• Horses: 0
Quote:
Originally Posted by SaddlebredLove View Post

Here's another video from Freedom Hall. A Hackney pony roadster, these too look like tons of fun!

Video Cam Perspective- Elisabeth Goth & Sugarland - YouTube
Great post and I LOVE that video. I am not big on hackneys, but road ponies do look like great fun. Those turns are scary, though. I want to drive or ride a road horse. THOSE are incredible!

That is one thing I love about going to "Saddlebred" shows. It is not a show without hackneys and Standardbreds. Saddlebreds are the main attraction but you have the added pomp of the hackney and the excitement of the standardbred speed demons.
Palomine likes this.
LadyDreamer is offline  
post #39 of 72 Old 08-23-2013, 11:46 PM
Yearling
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: On the golden coast of Michigan
Posts: 934
• Horses: 3
Loved that video with the cart. I love Saddlebreds and would love to ride one some day.

But this is getting me thinking...Are you allowed just to go to a big show like that with a helmet cam on? I mean, its pretty obvious that you are wearing one. I know that she is wearing one but can you always do that?

For the wretched of the earth there is a flame that never dies.
Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.
TheAQHAGirl is offline  
post #40 of 72 Old 08-24-2013, 12:01 AM Thread Starter
Started
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 2,493
• Horses: 0
I want to say these are sponsored by the National Horseman Magazine or some other organization. We follow USEF rules, and I don't think there are any rules against them. You would have to allow them to be inspected by an official if asked, of course. If it were me, I would definitely check with the horse show management beforehand. There are rules against headsets and other electronic "coaching" devices(exception being legitimately hard of hearing individuals with approval). Since this isn't a "coaching device" I am guessing they are generally okay.
LadyDreamer is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Pictures from Rodeo in Louisville, KY ericp502 Rodeo 4 11-30-2012 03:19 PM
Boarding/training available Louisville, Ky horstrainir123 Horse Boarding 2 06-22-2012 12:25 AM
Boarding needed in Louisville area. Elliebug Horse Boarding 4 05-21-2012 01:44 PM
WCA E-Ternal Angell, sired by HG Esquire+ East Coast Champion & Reserve Champion HGEsquire Horses for Sale 9 09-28-2011 07:02 AM
Need a new boarding barn around east LOUISVILLE KY - FAST!!! janetd Barn Maintenance 0 08-01-2008 11:15 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome