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American Saddlebred Horsesrnoriginated from Galloway and Hobbie horses imported from Britain. These twornbreeds were crossed to create the Narragansett Pacer, which was crossed to thernThoroughbred in the 1700s to produce the elegant American Horse, used forrnboth riding and driving. Arabian and Morgan blood was later added to create thernAmerican Saddlebred. The American Saddlebred is considered the ultimate showrnhorse. Horses are exhibited in driving, English - most notably saddleseat - andrnwestern classes.

American Saddlebred horsesrnaveraging 15 to 16 hands (60 to 64 inches, 152 to 163 cm) in height. They arernknown for their sense of presence and style, as well as for their spirited, yetrngentle, temperament. They may be of any color, including pinto patterns, whichrnhave been acknowledged in the breed since the late 1800s. They are considered arngaited breed, as some Saddlebreds are bred and trained to perform four-beatrnambling gaits, one being a "slow gait" that historically was one ofrnthree possible ambling patterns, and the much faster rack. The breed does haverna hereditary predisposition to lordosis, a curvature of the spine, as well asrnoccupational predispositions to upper respiratory and lameness issues.

 Since the mid-1800s, American Saddlebred horses have playedrna prominent part in the US horse show industry, and are called thern"peacock of the horse world". They have attracted the attention ofrnnumerous celebrities, who have become breeders and exhibitors, and purebred andrnpartbred American Saddlebreds have appeared in several films and TV including:rnrn
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  • Star Trekrn Generations (William Shatner, an actor and Saddlebred breeder, rode one ofrn his own horses, a mare named Great Belles of Fire, in his role as James T.rn Kirk in Star Trek Generations)
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rnrnSaddlebreds are mainly known for their performance in thernshow ring, but can also be seen in competition in several other English ridingrndisciplines and combined driving, as well as being used as a pleasure ridingrnhorse. 

American Saddlebred Horses Associations


American Saddlebred Horse Association Of Canada American Saddlebred Horse Association Of Canada - www.saddlebredcanada.com


The Performance Horse Registry The Performance Horse Registry - www.usef.org


The United States Hunter Jumper Association The United States Hunter Jumper Association - www.ushja.org


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