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Spotted Saddle are light riding horses from the UnitedrnStates. They were developed from small gaited pinto ponies of Spanish ancestry.rnThese were crossed with larger American breeds such as the Morgan andrnStandardbred, developed after the American Revolution, to increase size whilernretaining coloration and the desired gait. After the American Civil War,rnadditional gaited blood was added, with contributing breeds including thernTennessee Walking Horse, Missouri Fox Trotter, Paso Fino, and Peruvian Paso.rnMustangs from the American West were also incorporated. Originally developed inrncentral Tennessee, and selectively bred for pinto coloration, they were usedrnfor general pleasure and trail riding. The result is a colorful, smooth-gaitedrnhorse, used in the show ring and for pleasure and trail riding. rnrn 

rnrnThey always have pinto coloring. They always perform anrnambling gait, rather than a trot, in addition to the gaits of walk and canter,rnperformed by all breeds.rnrn 

rnrnTwo registries have been created, one in 1979 and the otherrnin 1985. The two have similar registration requirements, although one has anrnopen stud book and the other is slightly stricter with regard to parentagernrequirements, having a semi-closed stud book.rnrn rnrn 

rnrnSpotted Saddle Horses are a gaited breed, meaning that theyrnperform an intermediate -speed ambling gait instead of the trot. The flat walk,rnor show walk, is a regular four - beat walk, covering 4 to 8 miles per hourrn(6.4 to 12.9 km/h). The show gait is also a four-beat gait, similar to the flatrnwalk with the exception of the speed. Horses traveling at a show gait can coverrn10 to 20 miles per hour (16 to 32 km/h), with an extremely smooth motion. Thernthird main gait is the canter, a three-beat gait performed by all breeds. Somernmembers of the Spotted Saddle Horse breed can also perform the rack, steppingrnpace, fox-trot, single-foot or other variations of ambling gaits, allrnintermediate gaits, but differentiated by the pattern of foot-falls.

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