Spotted horses have been popular with horseman since time
immemorial. Prehistoric man scratched their likeness on the walls of
caves and the American Indians, considered to be some of the world's
greatest horsemen, selected spotted ponies as their war mounts.
The Spotted Saddle Horse can trace its roots back to the history of
horses that escaped from ships as they crashed on our shorelines.
These horses were often spotted, naturally gaited, and possessed the
strength and stamina necessary for war use. At the end of the Civil
War, many imported "gaited" types of horses were left in the newly
formed United States. Selective mating of these gaited horses
resulted in the production of a smooth gaited, colorful horse that
came to be known as the Spotted Saddle Horse. This horse performs a
smooth, easy gait that is a true pleasure to ride.
Through the years, the Standardbred, Mustang, and many more breeds
have played a role in the development of the Spotted Saddle Horse.
In more recent years, the Tennessee Walking Horse has been crossed
with colorful gaited horses to infuse its smooth gaits into the
colorful Spotted Saddle Horse Breed, thus strengthening the genetics
needed to preserve the smooth glide ride of this fast growing breed.
It is no surprise that Spotted Saddle Horses have become a modern
favorite, suitable for any task.