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The American Saddlebred is defined by Wikipedia as follows:

 

"The American Saddlebred is a horse breed from the United States. Descending from riding-type horses bred at the time of American Revolution, the American Saddlebred includes the Narragansett Pacer,Canadian Pacer,Morgan and Thoroughbred among its ancestors. Developed into its modern type in Kentucky, it was once known as the "Kentucky Saddler", and used extensively as an officer's mount in the American Civil War. In 1891, a breed registry was formed. Since the formation of the US registry, almost 250,000 American Saddlebreds have been registered, and can now be found in countries around the world, with separate breed registries established in Great Britain and South Africa.

 

Popularly considered show horses, American Saddlebreds are called the "peacock of the horse world". They may be of any color, including pinto patterns, which have been acknowledged in the breed since the late 1800s. They are considered a gaited breed, as some Saddlebreds are bred and trained to perform four-beatamblinggaits, one being a "slow gait" that historically was one of three possible ambling patterns, and the much faster rack."

 

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