Re: whats the difference
Footed shafts can also be very beautiful. I once met a fletcher who sold footed shafts that were the most incredible ones I have ever seen. The footing was about six inches of purpleheart, and the shafts were birch. BUT, the most amazing thing was that the footing was a four-splice WITH every spice making a half-rotation (180 degree) around the shaft. Not only that, but the rotation began about an inch below the point of the footing, so the footing looked "normal" where it met the birch, then swirled around the shaft for a couple of inches. Weight, spine and grain matched as well.
If it's not an American Saddlebred, it's just a horse.