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post #41 of 72 Old 08-27-2013, 10:15 PM
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Great Videos, all of them. I am not surprised with some of the comments on this thread as they are on every Saddlebred thread. I grew up with the breed and have been on the backs of more Saddlebreds than I can count and they were all amazing. Many years ago I rode a mare that the trainer said was "like sitting on a keg of dynamite, you never knew when she was going to blow" Your adrenaline definitely got going and the horse always appeared to breath fire and blow smoke but she never, ever went over the top. She would rear about a foot off the ground in the front but a simple "whoop" and she was back at it. "Whoop" meant to settle or "wrong" and it was time to try a different approach.

The excitement level at these shows can't be felt unless you have been there. It isn't just sitting there quietly watching, it is hooting and hollering and having a grand time of it. Watching these videos brings back memories, I can smell the shavings and food etc.... I can hear the horses hugging and snorting and the sound of their hooves as they truck down the rail. I love watching the 1988 World Champion 5 gaited video... it never gets old. Brings me back every single time and I LOVE it every time.

As far as riding Couragous lord, Well, I wish I could be younger again and you bet I would hop aboard, in a second. I have always loved a hot horse and enjoy a ride you have to "RIDE" not just sit there on. This horse is game as heck and would be a blast.

I have to say, the helmet cam makes the rider look anxious but I think it was just a weird perspective because at first I thought he was galloping the way it was moving but then I realized it was just the way the camera was moving. I watched a video of a jockey riding Zenyata with a helmet cam. I loved that too.

Thanks for posting all of these and for once again reminding me of the wonderful and exciting world of the World Championship Saddlebred shows.

Also wanted to add; the roadsters are a blast too but I would prefer to drive when there are only a few in the ring, rather then watching out for other horses. Going up on one wheel around the corner is.... exciting AND scary. Fun too. :)
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What exactly was going on at approx. 4:25 in the first video?

I went and re-watched it, and I still think all the chatter she spoke to the horse was interesting. I talk to my horses too, like "easy," "whoa" and such, but she had kind of a frantic tone to her voice. It really wasn't what I would expect from someone riding a horse in a show ring. But then again, what do I know about showing? Not much!


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I do agree that it didn't look like a very fun ride. What was the reason for the yelling she did at him in the first half of the video? Also, pretty rude of that person at 5:00 to cut her off like that.
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not my ride either lol way too hot headed for my taste

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To clarify, I think the horse looks like fun. I'm just not sure the rider felt she was in control? Or maybe that is just her personality style. The rider's commands just sounds a little frantic to me.
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I have a Saddlebred that was an A circuit show horse. He retired at 5 when his owner had a falling out with the trainers. He was boarded here & when his owner lost his job I kept him at the owner's request.

'Roo' is funny & the hardest thing about riding him is you can't see where you are going. I did fix the canter departures as they tend to have them almost sideways or facing the rail, then leap into it.
Roo can do nothing for months but he'll still ride perfectly any time.

I can fake riding Saddleseat but not very well.

The shows are fun & most people are friendly. A lot of my friends showed heavily & I boarded my Arabians at a Saddlebred show barn & I never saw any soring. It's true, you don't sore a trotting horse.
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To clarify, I think the horse looks like fun. I'm just not sure the rider felt she was in control? Or maybe that is just her personality style. The rider's commands just sounds a little frantic to me.
She sounded more out of breath than frantic. I did find it strange that she didn't switch her whip.
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She sounded more out of breath than frantic. I did find it strange that she didn't switch her whip.

I too thought she sounded sort of out of breath and maybe as though she wasn't relaxed before hand. Sadly, I have had a few rides like that when at shows and riding other peoples horses you might jump from one horse to the next and have to do a tack change or clothing change or potty break in between and you literally RUN then jump aboard and run to the ring so you are not late to the gate. I don't have any idea what the story is behind this rider but I know it can be fast pace and one gets out of breath and might be less "relaxed" then one would like to be.

Also as stated before, these shows are high energy and exciting. Lot of energy around and the horses pick up on that. One of things I love most about this breed is that they seem to really love that energy and like to show off. Some of them add a few "fancy steps" for show as well but most of them keep that to a minimum and it just adds to the fun rather then going over the top.
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I too thought she sounded sort of out of breath and maybe as though she wasn't relaxed before hand. Sadly, I have had a few rides like that when at shows and riding other peoples horses you might jump from one horse to the next and have to do a tack change or clothing change or potty break in between and you literally RUN then jump aboard and run to the ring so you are not late to the gate. I don't have any idea what the story is behind this rider but I know it can be fast pace and one gets out of breath and might be less "relaxed" then one would like to be.

Also as stated before, these shows are high energy and exciting. Lot of energy around and the horses pick up on that. One of things I love most about this breed is that they seem to really love that energy and like to show off. Some of them add a few "fancy steps" for show as well but most of them keep that to a minimum and it just adds to the fun rather then going over the top.
So true. I took a H/J friend to an ASB show & she couldn't believe the amount of cheering, yelling & whistles that went on during a class. There also seems to be a lot of dogs around.
Another friend was a catch rider, as you mentioned. She would ride horses like in the video & she usually had never even seen the horses beforehand, so they are easier to ride or at least safer than one would think.
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So true. I took a H/J friend to an ASB show & she couldn't believe the amount of cheering, yelling & whistles that went on during a class. There also seems to be a lot of dogs around.
Another friend was a catch rider, as you mentioned. She would ride horses like in the video & she usually had never even seen the horses beforehand, so they are easier to ride or at least safer than one would think.
Yes, some of them are easier to ride then they look and then there are some that will give you a run for your money. ha ha I think in the case of this video, the horse was feeling good and the rider was also feeling the excitement. It may not have been their best ride together but over all, I think she did great. Let's face it, it is pretty hard to make a true assessment when you have that perspective. Had they done a 1/2 screen to see what she is seeing AND what she looks like doing what she was doing, people might not think it so rough. She obviously made the horse look good as she placed well.

I think it is fun to see videos from that perspective though.
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