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History

The American Saddlebred horse is considered one of the world’s most beautiful horses and also one of the most versatile. Developed in colonial America by horse breeders seeking a utility horse of beauty, easy gaits, good disposition, intelligence, substance, and endurance, the growth of the American Saddlebred paralleled the growth of America.   The ancestors of the Saddle bred were easy-gaited Galloways and Hobbies. Brought to North America from the British Isles and bred selectively, they evolved into Naragansett Pacers which were crossed with Thoroughbred imports, resulting in the early Saddlebreds, known then as “Saddle Horses” or as “Kentucky Saddlers”.


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