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The Breed

The Saddlebred has an elegant and refined appearance. Standing anywhere from 15 to 17 hands in height, these horses have large, wide-set eyes and gracefully shaped ears set close together. The neck is long with a fine, arched and well-flexed at the poll. The breed has well-defined and prominent withers, while the shoulders are deep and sloping. A strong level back also characterizes the breed. Saddlebreds come in palomino, chestnut, bay, black, gray, brown, and even spotted (pinto). Saddlebreds are born with three gaits and some go on to be trained to have five. In addition to the walk, trot and canter, five-gaited Saddlebreds also know how to slow gait and to rack.

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