American Saddlebred Sport Horse. Why not? I have been impressed with the friendliness and spirit of the saddlebreds I have met at Stepping Stone Farm. Even the ones too advanced for me to ride are friendly and interesting. At least it wouldn’t be yet another brown Thoroughbred, nor one more bog-standard European Warmblood.
Yes, we’d take flack in the dressage and hunter rings. For a fun and safe cross-country trip, I’ll put up with breed snobbery. My current thinking on horse shopping, subject to change without notice:
a) Something sane and reliable, not necessarily hyper-talented and gorgeous. Although, who doesn’t want both. Young & silly & cheap would be fine. Maybe I attend low level events, do okay in dressage, jump clean and come home with a pastel ribbon. A year or to of this and either my hyper-talented competition horse will have pulled his socks up, or I will be able to face looking for another one.
b) I’m kinda on hold with everything until I get my tooth fixed or pulled [Hi, Safe]. Not fighting a constant, low-grade infection in my head has got to make a difference in my ability to deal with the world. It did last time. I tell you, my teeth are a mess.
When I ran the ASB idea past friends, I anticipated virtual eyerolls. However, my horse hunt fairy godmother had this to say:
BTW, I actually love Saddlebreds as sport horses. What I love about them is they’re uphill, an excellent quality in a horse you want to gallop and jump. I’ve ridden a few and would never turn one down. Their backs can be a little weird to fit a jumping saddle to, but other than that they are very cool.
Having said all that, I’m going to look at a Thoroughbred this weekend.
Any other saddlebred sport horse supporters out there?