The Saddlebred originated in Colonial America and can be traced to pre-Civil War times. The preferred horse for families of that era, the majestic Saddlebred horse was both a stylish harness horse and a trusted partner under saddle. Their ability to pull a buggy and also carry men across the fields to monitor their crops made them a versatile partner for families. Smooth gaits, plus speed were important.
Today, the standard of excellence is beauty, symmetry and balance. The Saddlebred possesses animation, brilliance and extreme grace of movement. The Saddlebred is seen in Three Gaited classes, Five Gaited classes, Pleasure classes and Fine Harness classes. No other breed of horse can match the smooth, beautiful gaits of the American Saddlebred Horse.