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Saddlebred

Smooth ride

Saddlebred
origin:United States of America
life expectancy:20 to 35 years
scientific name:E. caballus
family:Equidae
height:152 to 163 cm
Temperament: Warmbloodconservation: secureSaddleOlympic Games/Dressage/Show jumpingAgriculture/Ranch
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History [ edit ]

The American Saddlebred was developed in the 18th century by colonialists in America who wanted an all-purpose horse.

The breed developed over the past 200 years through the crossing of gaited (horses with special, smooth movement) breeds like the Narraganset Pacer and the beginnings of several other existing breeds - the Morgan, the Thoroughbred, the Standardbred (the sire of Hambletonian, founding sire of the Standardbred breed, was Mambrino II, also the sire of a Saddlebred family), the Tennessee Walking Horse (again founded from a particular Saddlebred horse) and to a lesser degree the Arabian and many crosses to smaller gaited horses.

Originally called the Saddle Horse, the Saddlebred was used as a utility horse - under saddle and in harness both ploughing and pulling the family buggy, talents that were valued and bred for in these early days were stamina, smooth movement, beauty and ease of riding. Also selectively bred was the horse's natural ability to be gaited - the two extra gaits of the Saddlebr