Spotted Saddle Horse
conformation attractive, straight head, long, sloping
shoulders, short back, sloping hip, clean legs
colour all colourways and coat patterns
height 14.3-16 hands
uses riding, showing, utility
Prehistoric peoples etched their likeness on cave walls; Native Americans revered them as having magical powers – being ideally camouflaged for warhorses. Spotted horses have a long and proud history, and it was only a matter of time before the Americans bred a saddle horse with striking coat patterns. He was coveted for both his surefooted, comfortable ride as well as his beauty.
The New World’s horses already had broken coats and spots, and many were also naturally gaited, a sign of their Spanish ancestry. Bred to bigger gaited horses, such as Morgans and Standardbreds, the little spotted ponies produced a pleasing light saddle horse – complete with spots and the comfortable gaits. Latterly Tennessee Walking Horse blood has been introduced, as has Mustang, Missouri Fox Trotter, Paso Fino and as and Peruvian Paso. The result is a striking, colourful equine with supreme gaits: the modern Spotted Saddle Horse can perform walk, trot, canter, rack, pace and fox trot. But the most important pace is the show gait, a fast walk that gives his rider the feeling he is gliding through the air propelled by a powerful but smooth – running machine.
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