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a Different Color

Blue Eyed Dream

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niche market that people haven’t really tapped into. The Saddlebred is really underused because many people just don’t know about them.” Max isn’t Tawna’s first experience dealing with

Saddlebred crosses. She believes that Saddlebred sport horse bloodlines can add a new dimension to Warmblood crosses. “I do a lot of Saddlebred sport breeding, specifically crossing Saddlebreds to Warmbloods. Saddlebreds have naturally uphill gaits, a naturally uphill movement, and more freedom in the shoulder. They have higher set necks and very powerful driving hind ends. They have some natural suspension there and lots of hind end engagement. People automatically think ‘Oh, they’re gaited.’ But they’re not. With a five gaited horse, they train those additional gaits into them. Naturally, out in the field, they don’t move like that. They’re not like a Tennessee Walker whose gait comes naturally.” In addition to his flashy gaits and beautiful

movement, Max obtained another very special trait

from his Saddlebred ancestry. “His color came from his father. He’s a perlino tobiano Saddlebred sport horse,” Tawna says. “A lot of the Saddlebred sport horses seem to be from colored lines. I don’t know why that is. His mother is just a chestnut Dutch Warmblood. Everybody hears the Dutch Warmblood when they hear about Max; they tune out the Saddlebred part of his breeding. They assume that the color came from the Dutch Warmblood side, from the Samber or Art Deco lines [see sidebar

about Samber and Art Deco], but he doesn’t have any

of them. That’s good because it makes him a good outcross for mare with those lines. There’s not a lot out there. Pinto sport horses either have Samber blood or they have Paint horse blood in them. As far as not relating to either one of those two, he’s one of the only horses I know that doesn’t have Samber or APHA blood in him.”

Not only does Max have the looks, he also has the athletic ability Tawna was looking for. “He events and he

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