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literally grew up loving horses and have been riding since I was eight. Every year my family attended the Tulsa Charity Horse Show and I knew someday I wanted to ride and show these beautiful horses.
The American Saddlebred
The American Saddlebred horse can trace its roots to the natural gaited horses that came to the US in the 17th and 18th century. These horses were crossed with the Thoroughbred, as well as the Arab, and later, Morgans and Standardbreds
Selecting a Saddlebred Sport Horse
Since American Saddlebred Show Horse prospects are not ordinarily presented in the manner that Sporthorse prospects of warmblood derivation are, it can be confusing. First some simple considerations.
Selecting a Sport Horse
You've probably seen dressage horses go. You've probably seen hunters jump. But those are made horses, how do you judge whether the babies you have bred to be show horses might be able to compete in that different world? As with points of conformation, there are certain points you will be looking for as your young horses move freely in the field or turn out.
Selecting a Sport Horse Prospect-Conformation
Like show horses, there are individual sport horses who excel at their profession with imperfect, even inappropriate conformation. However, when people are looking for young horses, good conformation is likely to be the first thing on their list. So what are these people looking for?
As an overall picture, the sport horse crowd desires balance. Stand your horse up square (not parked out) and draw an imaginary square around his body as shown. You should see a horse who is of equal proportions between the length of the hip, the length of the back and the depth of the shoulder. Also, the depth of the body should be only slightly shorter than the overall length of the front leg. When measuring across the level topline, the horse's withers should be level with or slightly higher than his croup. A horse that is lower in the front end will have more trouble elevating the forehand. Behind, there should be a straight line from the point of the hip to the hock and down the back of the canon. The horse should not tend to stand camped out.