What is an American Saddlebred?
American Saddlebred horses are mostly shown in an English saddleseat style of riding, but also show in driving, western and hunt seat divisions. The common saddleseat English riding is a uniquely American style of riding used primarily on Morgan horses, American Saddlebred horses and Arabian horses. American Saddlebred shows have many different divisions to suit riders abilities and taste.
Riding an American Saddlebred is a truly thrilling performance. These horses should be thrilling to watch; extremely elegant, classy and stylish. Many casual spectators watching a truly good Saddlebred performance may think the horse is about to burst with excitement, but the well trained Saddlebred horse is actually very responsive and comfortable to ride, much like a finely tuned sports car.
American Saddlebred horses are also about animation with a high head carriage with an arched neck and lots of "action" or high stepping. The canter should be very collected and slow, with the appearance of a rocking horse.
Many American Saddlebred horses are trained to do five gaits - the walk, trot, canter, slow gait and rack (which is an extremely smooth four beat gait performed "at speed").
American Saddlebred horses are shown on the flat, meaning that no jumping is involved. For more information on the saddlebred, please visit: