was a small, compact horse from Scotland that is now extinct. They were know for being
good pacers. They were gentle, easy to ride and never tired.
They were often used for racing. It is the ancestor of the
American Saddlebred horse.
The easy gaited Galloway was shipped to North America from the British Isles in the 1600s.
These hardy little horses thrived and grew in the new environment;
through selective breeding the Narragansett Pacer was developed and
named for Rhode Island's Narragansett Bay area where many were
Before they were all gone, Narragansett mares
were crossed with Thoroughbreds, which the colonists began importing
from England in the early 1700s. By 1776 during the American
Revolution, a horse simply called the American horse had become a
recognized type. It had the size and beauty of the Thoroughbred, but
retained the ability to learn the easy riding gaits. These animals
were used for riding, to pull the plow during the week, the carriage
on Saturday night and for other work. They were prized for a
pleasant temperament, eagerness, strength and stamina.
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