Thursday, January 24, 2013

Saddlebred Dressage part I

I love seeing non-traditional horses doing well in dressage, so I'm sharing this great footage of two Saddlebreds -- one today, and one tomorrow. The SB below is already a star, and tomorrow's horse will be a great sport horse (maybe in dressage).  The text that goes with the footage below is:

Will (Revelation's First Prophet) is an 11 yr old American Saddlebred gelding who started learning how to be a dressage horse in 2011. Here are some highlights from the first trip down centerline to the end of the 2012 show season, his first year showing dressage, mostly First level and first go at Second level at the end. Enjoy. :)


  1. I think he is LOVELY! What nice gaits. Very impressive, and I bet there are a lot more SBs out there who could perform in similar fashion.

  2. My goodness, his back is so long! I guess that contributes a little to the four-beat canter. Both my ponies' backs are long. It's a little more challenging keeping a long-backed horse light and supple. Still, Saddlebreds seem to have a springy, lively action and a terrific willingness which makes them game to put their heart into almost anything.

  3. Lovely!

    What a nice team they make. My trainer had a 17.3 saddlebred gelding (trained through third level) school horse in her barn. Biggest heart of any horse I've ever ridden. And a great sense of humor. Love SBs. :D

  4. Hey Stacey -- What about Harry Callahan?

  5. Had a Saddlebred for a while years ago. Trained him for dressage, but showed him hunters. He had a wonderful temperament and super gaits. He won tons of ribbons over fences, but to this day, I wish I had been showing more dressage back then....It wasn't the "in" thing.

    I'd get another one in a heartbeat if I were looking for another horse. Super on the trails, and he drove too! What a sweetheart.

  6. Hi, I blogged about him in April 2008. I suppose I should have mentioned him again because he is kind of an icon. I do think this particular Saddlebred has amazing swing through his back that I don't often see in saddlebreds


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