Today’s Horse Facts: The American Saddle Horse
Speaking of horses, today we’re going to look at the American Saddle Horse, which is an equine breed that has class and will turn the heads of even the most disinterested person in horses. So let’s learn some facts about this breed that’s not discussed to often as you take your ten-question quiz. Ready? Here we go.
- The American Saddle Horse is really the American Saddlebred Horse.
- This horse was originally a cross between the Narragansett Pacer, (the first horse breed developed in the United States, which is now extinct) and the Standardbred.
- They were developed in Virginia in the 18th Century after the Revolutionary War.
- American Saddlebreds must be solid colors.
- This breed’s average height is usually 15 to 16 hands.
- All American Saddle Horses are five-gaited, including a high-stepping rack.
- This breed is shown exclusively in saddle seat and pleasure driving classes.
- Because of its beautiful “swan” neck, this breed is given the name “The Swan of the Horse World.”
- This breed is high spirited and very difficult to train.
- There is a Saddlebred museum in Lexington, Kentucky.
You know if you got at least eight of these questions correct, I’ll consider you an American Saddlebred expert. Here are the answers:
- F The Saddlebred is a cross between the Narragansett Pacer, Canadian Pacer, Morgan and the Thoroughbred.
- F They were developed in Kentucky in the 18th C. about the time of the Revolutionary War.
- F They can be solid colors, but any color is acceptable.
- T But they also can be from 14.2 to over 17 hands.
- F They can be five-gaited, but not all American Saddle Horses are.
- F They are also shown in practically any class including dressage, hunter/jumper, some western classes like barrel racing and pole bending, and fine harness.
- F They are given the nickname “The Peacock of the Horse World.”
- F It possesses “exceptional aptitude for training.” (http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/American_saddlebred_horse.aspx )
If you want to learn more about this gorgeous, versatile breed, visit these other websites to check on additional facts:
Next time, we’ll take a look at the Narragansett Pacer, the breed of horse that is partly responsible for the American Saddlebred.
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