The American Saddlebred horse played a large part in the development of American history and they gained fame as a breed for their service during the Civil War.
Also known as the Kentucky Saddler, this breed was developed in Kentucky as a stylish utility horse for gentlemen of the south. They played a large role in the settlement of the upper Ohio Valley and their popularity spread through the south.
Their foundation comes from Morgans, Narragansett Pacers, Canadian Horses, Spanish Horses and trotter stock. Each breed contributing specific characteristics to build a tireless animal that is easy to train and handle.
During the civil war, their tireless service earned them acclaim as a breed. Confederate animals were almost exclusively of American type stock
The American Saddle-Horse Breed Association was formed in 1891 to protect and document the breed.
Average height 15 – 16 hands
Beautiful and stylish
Gaits are easy with a high, true, smooth action
Head is finely chiseled with a lean, smooth jaw
Eyes are bright and set wide apart
Ears are sharp and dainty
Neck is medium and arched
Short, strong backs
Compact body with deep girth
Tail is high set, proudly carried and flowing
Clean, flat-boned and very straight legs
All colors acceptable
Most prominent are: black | chestnut | grey | bay | palomino | roan | pinto
Willing and intelligent
Smart and obedient
Friendly and gentle