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Known as the Peacock of the Show Ring, the American Saddlebred is described by the American Saddlebred Association as having traced its roots to the natural-gaited Galloway and Hobbie horses from the British Isles and eventually developing into the Narragansett Pacer. The Narragansetts were crossed with Thoroughbreds imported to America in the early 1700s and by the time of the Revolutionary War, a horse called simply "the American horse" was a recognized type.
According to ASHA, these horses had the size and beauty of the Thoroughbred, but retained the ability to learn the easy-riding gaits. They were prized for a pleasant temperament, eagerness, strength and stamina and were continually crossed with Thoroughbreds, Arabians and Morgans and came to be known as Kentucky Saddlers.
Today, the American Saddlebred is known as a show horse with high-stepping gaits which, for

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many, include the rack and slow gait which they inherited from their ancestors.

Pictured is the stallion Valley View Supreme (Genius Bourbon King x Diana Gay) foaled in 1953.


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