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post #31 of 72 Old 08-23-2013, 08:09 AM
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Beautiful. I can't imagine riding a horse like him.
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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.
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Ive always wanted a saddlebred! they have such beautiful conformation i think.

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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....
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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!

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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.
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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.

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Originally Posted by SaddlebredLove View Post

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

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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.
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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?

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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.
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