The American Saddlebred is a popular parade mount and often used for trail riding. It has a comfortable gait and a steady temperament. In horse shows, it is most commonly seen in Saddle seat style riding, and in various types of driving.
Where did the Saddlebred get its start?
In the 1830s, the Kentucky Saddler was crossed with Morgans and Thoroughbreds to create the Saddlebred. It was a popular plantation horse and after the Civil War it was promoted as a show horse. The horse has been nicknamed, “The Peacock of the Horse World.”
What does the Saddlebred look like?
Saddlebreds have large, wide-set eyes and ears set close together. They are usually black, bay, chestnut, or brown, but come in other colors too. The average height of a saddlebred is 15-16 hh. The most distinguishing feature of Saddlebreds is their high-stepping gaits.