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    Anyone know/own a saddlebred

    We recently inherited a 9 yr old saddlebred mare. I have been doing some work with her [I was working with her for the owner, now for myself] And in trying to fine tune her walk trot canter It seems Im finding another gait. Or I think I am. It seemed to be between a walk and a trot. Ive done some reading but wanna know what you guys think, or your experience.


    Hers some pics of her. She fits the description of a 3 gaited horse... but Im still kind of confused...


    Note, she is a bit on the thin side, owner couldnt get her teeth done, so we have to get them done. Ive only owned her two days.


    The first two pics show off her pretty face and her goofing around, shes not as skinny as she looks in the first two, the last shows off her build better.







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    We had a saddlebred gelding who did the same thing. And it didnt matter how much work we put into working it out it just kind of stuck with him the whole 5 yrs we had him.
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    Maybe she is the five gaited model...

    Five gaited horses perform the walk, trot, canter, slow gait and rack in both directions of the ring (See Study of Gaits). Five gaited horses are sometimes considered less refined than their three gaited counterparts, but must still exhibit all the traits that a Saddlebred are known for. Five gaited horses are shown with full manes and tails, with braided ribbons added to the forelock and mane. The tail of a five gaited horse are shown with a high tail carriage, and additional hair called "switches" may be added for fullness and length. Tails may be set or unset, with the current style dictating vertical carriage. This is achieved by using a tail set, which supports the tail in an upright position. Five gaited horses wear protective boots called "quarter boots" on their front feet to prevent possible injury by overstepping with their back hooves while racking.


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    I dont know Im a bit lost lol. I dont know if its something I should correct or refine. Shes a really awesome mare. I thought she was pretty refine and thin in her looks. The five gaited say they are "bigger" saddlebreds. She is 16 hands tall though. I have no idea how to get a horse to rack to see if she does it. Ive seen it before though. Hmm.

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    Most likely in her "Saddlebred school days" she was gaited. It doesn't matter what size the horse is they can still be taught the five gaits. There is the slow gait and the rack. Go to this forum and you will learn a lot and join so you can ask questions of the trainers. http://www.trot.org/forum/ The slow gait and rack are very smooth and a dream to ride. Just need the proper cues and off you go...owner of Saddlebreds for over 30 years. Do you have her papers? If so, what is her registered name I can look up her info for you. If not, PM me with any info you have and I know someone that may be able to trace who she is. A little weight and she will be a beauty, I love her markings and kind eye.

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    Does she have any Peavine in her breeding? Right front looks like it.

    One of the best Saddleseat Equitation horses I used to ride had been a very good gaited horse before he became a walk/trot eq. I lost a very important class for year ends because the judge was looking at us when asked for a canter and he went into a rack - really was my fault as I wasn't clear enough what I wanted.

    Many years ago I had an ex-Saddle Bronc who had a fantastic rack. There was nothing 'refined' about him but I did refine (perfect) his natural rack.

    Mare definately needs a lot more 'grits' form all the pictures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by prismandmoonie View Post
    I dont know Im a bit lost lol. I dont know if its something I should correct or refine. Shes a really awesome mare. I thought she was pretty refine and thin in her looks. The five gaited say they are "bigger" saddlebreds. She is 16 hands tall though. I have no idea how to get a horse to rack to see if she does it. Ive seen it before though. Hmm.
    Refine it. Why settle for a 3 speed when you can enjoy a luxury 5 speed?

    I would say that people claiming 5 gaited ASBs being "bigger" is fooey. My girl is 5 gaited and is a very very light girl. And maybe 15.1 on a tall day. Saddlebreds come in all sizes. There are waifey ones and giant tanks.

    I spent a LONNNNG time trying to get my mare to gait when I first got her. The hard part is that almost all are cued differently. Here's what I eventually found works for Rosie:

    Slow Gait: The gear your finding inbetween walk and trot, Sit back deep in saddle, take legs off barrel completely, raise reins to elbow level or just a tad higher, kiss sounds. She'll do it all day long.

    Rack: The gear your likely find between trot and canter, same as above except when just starting nudge heels for each step untill she settles in the speed I want, then legs off barrel.

    It was really confusing when I was trying to figure it all out, but you'll get it. When I had finally figured it out I found that it was much easier to coax her into a slow gait while slowly trotting, and much easier to get a rack while in a quick trot with lots of impulsion.

    Congrats on your new ASB, they're incredible horses.
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    I just want to say, it's natural to want to have babies with Roley. I would go a little lesbitronic (Snookie word) for Roley and make beautiful pinto babies with her.


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    A freind of mine has one that has very similar looks and he also has a 4th gait. I have not seen him do it so I'm not sure if he is slow gaiting or racking. It is pretty hard to discourage a gatied horse form gaiting. Better to train her to do it when it is requested and refine it. Those gaits are a wonderful addition to a horses repertoire.
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    your girl will look beautiful with just a little weight. I would suggest beet pulp. Did wonders for my girl. Saddlebreds tend to show weight loss more because of their tendency to have long low backs. Your girl actually doesn't have a bad saddlebred back though.. Lucky!

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    I just want to say, it's natural to want to have babies with Roley. I would go a little lesbitronic (Snookie word) for Roley and make beautiful pinto babies with her.


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    Ok Ill try to respond to everything needing one. Thank you everyone for the info it was informative. Let me tell you a bit about how I came to get Moonie. She was on craigslist for free because the people could never catch her when she was turned out, and she was always very afraid. So they decided to give her away with a 23 yr old arabian gelding. A friend of mine took both. Moonie was said to be broke but very afraid of things, turned out she wasnt even broke. So I took her in for training, to give her the basics. Long story short the family that had her seperated and could no longer take care of her. Since she was in my care I offered to take her, since Id been riding her and was very attached to her. So I dont know if she was ever registered, or any other name for her. The age is even a guess, though its a decently educated accurate one. Oh and... the people that gave her away... dont know what there deal was, I never had a problem catching her and she runs to me to be put up after shes turned out lol


    I will try the beet pulp once I get her teeth done which Im hoping will be this week. We live in a rural area and thats not always easy lol.

    Roleysnewmom- thank you for the info.. very informative. Mind if IPM you more about her?

    Kicks- Im a bit confused what you asked. You talking about lines? What about her right front? Im confused.

    FancyASB- Ill pm you as well. Wish I knew more about her. Dont think there is anyway to track anything, so little is known. Thank you, she is beautiful isnt she? Her kind eyes are a big part of what I fell in love with.

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