I just thought I'd post this since it seemed like a lot of people didn't know much about the breed standard for the saddlebred. I know some of it repetes but I got it from a few different sites. Although scout is only half saddlebred I do see some similar characteristics from the breed standard. I'm going to look up the arabian breed standard and try to mix the two together and see if I find something similar to what scout is.
The ideal American Saddlebred is well-proportioned and presents a beautiful overall picture. Large, wide-set expressive eyes and gracefully shaped ears set close together are positioned on a well-shaped head. The neck is long with a fine, clean throatlatch and is arched and well-flexed at the poll. The American Saddlebred sports well-defined and prominent withers, while the shoulders are deep and sloping. Well-sprung ribs and a strong level back also characterize the breed. The legs are straight with broad flat bones, sharply defined tendons and sloping pasterns. Saddlebreds are usually black, bay, chestnut, or brown, but grays, buckskins, palominos, pintos and occasionally roans are also found. The average height is 15-16 hh, but can also be as small as 14.2 hh or taller than 17 hh.
Breed of light horse that originated in the U.S. The breed was developed by crossing Thoroughbreds, Morgans, and Standardbreds on native mares having an easy gait. It stands 15 – 16 hands (5 – 5.3 ft [1.5 – 1.6 m]) high, and its colours are bay, brown, black, gray, and chestnut.
The ideal American Saddlebred is well-proportioned and presents a beautiful overall picture. The animal should be in good flesh, with good muscle tone and a smooth, glossy coat. Masculinity in stallions and femininity in mares are important and should be taken into consideration. The average height is 15 to 16 hands and the weight 1,000 - 1,200 pounds. Any colour is acceptable including pinto's.
The American Saddlebred should be easily identified and individuals should possess "type" so that they are not confused with another breed. The American Saddlebred should possess QUALITY: he should have clean, dense bones that are both fine and yet indicating substance. His tendons and joints should be sharply defined, his hair fine and he should have the general appearance of refinement. He should be of gentle disposition, be both active and intelligent and generally be of good temperament.
His head should be carried relatively high; size and dimensions in proportion, with clear-cut features, well-chiselled, smooth jaw line. The head should be well-shaped with large, wide-set expressive eyes, gracefully shaped, perhaps pointed ears set close together on top of the head and carried alertly; a straight face line with a relatively fine muzzle and large nostrils and a clean and smooth jaw line.
The American Saddlebred should have a long and supple neck, rising out of well defined and prominent withers, which extend well into the back. The neck should be arched and well-flexed at the poll with a fine, clean throatlatch. He should have deep, sloping shoulders that are long and muscular.
The front leg should set well forward under the shoulder. The line of the hind leg, in a natural stance, should be vertical from the point of the buttock to the back edge of the cannon bone. The forearms and hindquarters should be well muscled to the knees and hocks. His forearms should be long and descend to straight and deep knees. His legs should be straight with broad flat bones, short cannons, sharply defined tendons and long, smooth and sloping pasterns (45 degrees for the front legs ideally, but should match the angle of the shoulder). His hooves should be sound and open at the heel, neither toed in nor toed out, with large elastic frogs and wide heels.
His chest should be medium-wide and deep and his flanks deep and long, with a low underline and not tucked. His back should be strong, level and broad, with well sprung, long and close ribs. He should have a long and level croup with a well carried tail coming out high. His hips should be broad, round and smooth, set on full, muscular thighs. The American Saddlebred should possess broad and muscular gaskins and his hocks should be straight, wide, point prominent, deep, clean-cut, smooth and well-supported.
Horse - Scout 2 yr old - Pinto - National Show Horse