Today’s Horse Facts: The Narragansett Pacer

The Narragansett Pacer was a beautiful little horse breed that is now extinct.


Today’s Horse Facts: Narragansett Pacer


(My apologies to the readers of this blog. This was to be posted last Thursday, but I was on vacation and was unable to post it on time.)

I want to again welcome any LOVES OF SNYDER COUNTY SERIES Amish/Mennonite fiction fans to this site. I have a page on this blog dedicated to the readers of my series.

Click on that and you’ll find interesting facts about my Mennonite friends here in Snyder County and neighboring areas. Every Tuesday on that page, we’ll discuss interesting facts about the Amish and Mennonite folks, including their favorite dishes, how they spend their free time, quilting bees, and the types of horses they like to own.

Speaking of horses, today we’re going to look at the Narragansett Pacer, which even the most avid horse lovers might know little about. 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.

  1. The Narragansett Pacer and the Thoroughbred are responsible for the American Saddlebred Horse.
  2. This breed was also responsible for the Standardbred and Tennessee Walking Horse.
  3. This horse was found mostly in Rhode Island in the 1800s.
  4. This breed became extinct in the early 1900s.
  5. The breed probably shouldn’t have been called “pacer” because it “ambled” or had a gaited walk.
  6. It is believed that this breed was ridden by Paul Revere and Abe Lincoln.
  7. This breed is a powerful large horse.
  8. This Pacer could pace a mile in less than a minute.
  9. This breed did not make a good driving horse.
  10. Their predominant colors were chestnut and sorrel.

If you get at least eight of these questions correct, I would say you know quite a bit about a breed that most folks don’t even know existed. Here are the answers:

  1. T
  2. T
  3. T
  4. F  The last known Pacer died in the 1880s.
  5. T
  6. F  It is believed that Paul Revere and George Washington rode this breed.
  7. F  The average size was 13.2 to 14.1 hands.
  8. F  It could pace a mile in less than two minutes.
  9. F  This breed was known for good qualities in riding and driving.
  10.   T

If you want to learn more about this gorgeous ambling breed that, sadly, is no longer with us, visit these other websites to check on additional facts:

Next time, we’ll take a look at the Hackney, a nifty little driving horse.

Happy riding!




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