Acquired: Horse's previous owner
San Clemente, California, United States
Posted Jan 09, 2019
I inherited an American Saddlebred after a family member passed away. He was not pure bred and did not have the special American Saddlebred gate. He was such a pleasure to ride. The trot and canter were just a tad bit smoother than other horses, and he would have been ideal as a trail horse.
I was more interested in hunter/jumper, and we did that sport together. We never had a chance in the shows over horses that could accomplish flying lead changes. Every turn was a challenge. Every jump had to be accomplished perfectly for him to make it.
Additionally, he was not easy to train. Our American Saddlebred was a gelding, but he still possessed a lot of spunk. We got him professionally trained by a man that I believe was a little too heavy handed with him. He also tended to be aggressive with other horses as a young horse. He bit other horses at shows, and he ruined stalls when he was boarded.
His personality is unmatched. He loves having his head rubbed and enjoys baths. These days he is a little old for riding. He had a health issue that affected his hooves. I still love to just spend time with him.