Horse Breed Heaven: The American Saddlebred

By Kayla Bignall 

Hi there horse fans! This month we will be discussing the American Saddlebred.

The American Saddlebred is a larger horse. It stands at 15-17 hands and weighs 1000 to 1200 pounds. It originated in Kentucky and Missouri with bloodlines from Morgans, Thoroughbreds, and English horses. There are no color restrictions for Saddlebreds because they look at the bloodlines for registration in the American Saddlebred Horse Association. They are many colors but the most common are bay, brown, black, grey, and chestnut. They are very well built. Their distinguishing features are their ears, which are close together and are curved in a “hook” at the top and their high-held tail. They are also famous for having 5 gaits. In addition to the walk, trot, and canter, they have two additional gaits; the slow gait and the rack gait. They are gentle, and intelligent. They are also very people-oriented and fun. They live a long time for a horse, over 25 and up to 35 years of age. The American Saddlebred is an excellent riding horse and i

s also good in show jumping, dressage, and Saddleseat. They are famous for being mounts for generals in the Civil War. General Lee, General John Morgan, and General Nathan Forrest all had Saddlebreds as their mounts. Davy Crockett also had a Saddlebred named Fury. They would be great mounts for anyone willing to try it.

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Kayla is 14 years old and lives in Columbiaville, MI. She has a younger sister; two dogs, Macy and Emmy; fourteen chickens; and a Morgan horse named Babylon Dark Jezebel1 (we call her DJ)! 

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